The Children’s Services Council of St. Lucie County is an independent district that provides a local dedicated resource for children and families in St. Lucie County. The programs and resources provided for local families focus on
- Ensuring every baby is a healthy baby
- Stopping child abuse before it happens
- Keeping kids off the streets
- Keeping kids in school and
- Keeping them away from drugs, alcohol and other risky behaviors.
The average homeowner contributes an average of $43 per year toward these local services. The Children’s Services Council takes its role of protecting local dollars seriously. Programs are funded by the Council on a reimbursement basis, therefore, no monies are expended until there is proof of service. In addition, there are regular on-site reviews of funded programs to ensure that they are being effective and demonstrating measurable positive change. Finally, the Children’s Services Council receives an independent audit each year.
The Children’s Services Council of St. Lucie County is making a real difference in our community. Since our inception, St. Lucie County has seen over a 40% reduction in youth alcohol use, 43% reduction in juvenile crime, 54% reduction in infant mortality, 65% reduction in child abuse, and 80% reduction in teen birth rate. There are many other indicators that are favorable for families in St. Lucie County and while the Children’s Services Council is not solely responsible for these positive changes, they are an active and integral part of the solution to build a strong St. Lucie County.