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NCJ Number: 149498 Find in a Library
Title: Oregon's Mission: Possible, A Child Abuse Prevention Initiative
Corporate Author: Council of State Governments
United States of America
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 7
Sponsoring Agency: Council of State Governments
Lexington, KY 40578
Sale Source: Council of State Governments
Iron Works Pike
P.O. Box 11910
Lexington, KY 40578
United States of America
Type: Program Description (Demonstrative)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Mission: Possible is a program organized by the Oregon Department of Human Resources, in which adolescents housed in the State's juvenile corrections institutions work on community projects in return for pledge money, which is donated to the Children's Trust Fund. The fund allocates money to child abuse prevention programs across the State.
Abstract: The program is designed to raise the self-esteem of juvenile delinquents, many of whom are themselves victims of child abuse, by providing them the opportunity to give something back to the community. The Mission: Possible program's other goals are to link the private sector with child welfare agencies by encouraging businesses to participate in the program and to make the public and participants aware of the relationship between child abuse and delinquency. Some of the projects in which the adolescents participate include cutting firewood for poor families, restoring public parks, cleaning abandoned cemeteries, building and restoring a playground, reading to blind students, and making stuffed animals for poor and abused children. The program has achieved many intangible and tangible benefits for the participants and the community.
Main Term(s): Victims of Crime
Index Term(s): Child abuse as delinquency factor; Child abuse prevention; Community service programs; Funding sources; Juvenile delinquents; Oregon
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