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You can be a Children's Champion!

Attend a Local Training

First 5 Lake hosts trainings for foster parents and local service providers who work with families who are at-risk. These trainings are made possible by a partnership between Lake County Child Welfare Services and Chabot-Last Positas Community College District.
We also share information about trainings related to positive outcomes for children that are offered by our local and regional partners.


Building Resilience on Purpose

Zach Mercurio, author and researcher, taught us how to avoid burnout by tapping into our purpose. This is one you'll want to watch more than once!

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Social & Emotional Development

MelRo's Story - Connecting with Youth at Risk

MelRo is a former foster youth who is now a successful model and Director of Diversity and Inclusion for CASA Ohio. She shared her story with us in April 2021, which can be viewed on our YouTube Channel.

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Communication Skills Toolkit - for Service Providers

Betsy Allen Manning taught us how to leverage personality styles to improve communication and outcomes for at-risk youth and in every area of life.

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Understand ACEs and Spread HOPE

ACEs are Adverse Childhood Experiences - highly stressful and potentially traumatic experiences that can happen to any of us before we turn 18. When these experiences aren't buffered by a caring adult, they can result in a toxic stress response that can have a negative ripple effect on health and life outcomes in adulthood. But there is HOPE!

Science of ACEs

Learn more! about the science behind this topic and why it matters.

Discover Your Story

Everyone has an ACE score or Number. Do you know yours? Learn more!

Healing & Prevention

You are more than your Number . You can heal and prevent ACEs in the next generation. Take action!
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There are many ways to promote the wellbeing of Lake County's youngest children.

First 5 Lake and its local partners are always looking for community members who want to learn, contribute, volunteer, and advocate for young children and families.

Join the Children's Council

This group meets four times each year, working as a child abuse prevention task force.

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Become a Foster Parent

Vulnerable children in our community need caring and responsible adults and stable environments.

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Be a Family-Friendly Employer

If you employ parents, there are policies that can help them succeed at work and at home.


Become a CASA Volunteer

Court Appointed Special Advocates speak up for children when they need a voice in court.

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Child abuse and neglect

If you see something, SAY SOMETHING!

If you suspect that a child's health or safety is jeopardized due to absence, neglect or maltreatment by parents or another caretaker who has custody of the child, contact Lake County Child Welfare Services.

24 HOUR HOTLINE: 800-386-4090