winwinner Wednesday: KidSafe Collaborative

KidSafe Collaborative is a nonprofit serving Chittenden County, Vermont. The organization works to improve response to and prevent child abuse and neglect, providing direct support to families and advocating through partnerships with local organizations. On June 20th, they will host their 6th annual fundraising bike ride in the islands of Lake Champlain.

The idea: To improve child safety and well-being by aggregating multiple solutions together in an integrated way.

KidSafe works on two levels: on a family level, the organization coordinates “Child Protection Teams” that directly address the needs of over 350 children and families in Chittenden County.

To ensure the safety of children, KidSafe recognizes they also need the coordinated support of other agencies. This is why they partner with community organizations to improve the systems (protective, legal, medical, social) which respond to child abuse and neglect. This includes facilitating collaboration between human services agencies and the criminal justice system.

How it started: In 1969, the Community Child Protection Network was formed, a volunteer organization dedicated to improving Chittenden County’s response to child abuse and neglect. Over the years the group has changed in name and structure, but its mission has remained consistent.

Today, KidSafe leads a partnership of over 30 agencies, community groups, and individuals – all working together to improve support systems for area children and families.

How they used winwin apps: On June 20th, 2010, KidSafe will be holding its annual KidSafe Island Ride, which begins at Grand Isle State Park on beautiful Lake Champlain and raises funds for the organization’s important work. KidSafe is using their winwin webstack to manage registration and donations for the ride.

More info: To learn more about KidSafe Collaborative, visit their website at www.kidsafevt.org.

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Anna Palmer

Anna Rosenblum Palmer is a freelance writer based in Denver, CO. She writes about sex, parenting, cat pee, bi-polar disorder and the NFL; all things inextricably intertwined with her mental health. In her free time she teaches her boys creative swear words, seeks the last missing puzzle piece and thinks deeply about how she is not exercising. Her writing can be found on Babble, Parent.co, Great Moments in Parenting, Ravishly, Good Men Project, Sammiches and Psych Meds, Playpen, Crazy Good Parent, and YourTango. She also does a fair amount of navel gazing on her own blog at annarosenblumpalmer.com.

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