Dinolfo Releases Her 2018 Budget

County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo’s 2018 budget is a bit of a knuckleball. Every year for the past several, as Dinolfo and her predecessor, Maggie Brooks, have prepared to release their budgets, advocates would ramp up efforts to pressure the execs into boosting funding for programs that help vulnerable children. Child care funding has been a big one. And just yesterday, those advocates publicly asked Dinolfo to restore $1.7 million cut since 2014 from programs that have have been proven to reduce child abuse and neglect.

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Community Leaders Highlight Need for Funding to Prevent Child Abuse

Faith leaders, area pediatric physicians, parents and child advocates joined forces Monday to address funding for evidence-based programming to prevent child abuse. Leaders stressed that investing in children’s lives early on can prevent more serious problems in the future. They also called on Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo to do more to protect children.

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Dinolfo to Provide More Child Abuse Prevention Funds

The most effective way to combat child abuse is to prevent it from happening at all.
That’s the rationale behind a push by a coalition of local faith leaders, physicians, parents and child advocates who held a press conference on Monday morning to persuade Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo and the County Legislature to include more funding for prevention programs in the upcoming 2018 budget.

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Evidence-Based Strategies to Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect

Child abuse and neglect constitute a threat to the health and well-being of our most vulnerable population: children.
According to the Children’s Bureau of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, during fiscal year 2015, over 683,000 children were victims of abuse and neglect in the United States and 1,680 children died as a result of abuse and neglect.1 This data only encompasses Child Protective Services (CPS) reports and is likely to underreport the prevalence of abuse.

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