Our very own Lee Carter, Director of our Women’s Centers, is on the news! Below is the video for you to watch, along with the article. Great job, Lee!
Breaking News Staff
When there is the death of a child by violence, a neighbor, an acquaintance or even a family member often will say of the family, “I wish I’d known they needed help.”
There have been several recent high-profile cases in the region involving the death of a child by violence: the three Pilkington boys of Logan County, Keyontae Ellis of Dayton (Montgomery County) and most recently Kinsley Kinner of Madison Twp. (Warren County).
Too many times, the accused turns out to be the boyfriend of the mother. Too many times, the mother is found to be struggling financially or emotionally.
There are several groups in the Miami Valley devoted to preventing incidents of child abuse and death, and representatives of those groups say the holidays often are the most difficult time of year for families struggling with young children, “overwhelmed,” Lee Carter, director of the Women’s Center/Elizabeth New Life Center, told News Center 7’s Kate Bartley on Tuesday. “They don’t have money for drugs or they don’t have money for food or something like that, and the easiest person to take that out on is a little child.”
An estimated 250 women come to the center every month, Carter said, many of them desperate and in need of help.
“Certainly, we’ve be touched by tragedy, too. Some of our clients,” she said.
There are resources women and families don’t tap into “because most people think they can handle it or think they’re supposed to handle it.”
Jewell Good, Montgomery County Job and Family Services, said women and families “don’t know how to solve those challenges, they don’t know the community resources. They don’t know what they might be eligible for.”
Carter and Good want to get the word out that their agencies — and several others in the region — can provide services such as counseling, classes, food, diapers and more to mothers and families in stress.
Their mission is to make sure as many families as possible know about their agencies and the services they can provide.
Said Carter: “They’re not just dealing with a child. They’re dealing with things that probably you and I don’t have to deal with and on any given day.”