Giving Voice to Cincinnati’s Children

Join us for coffee with Tracy Cook of ProKids and a discussion about Cincinnati’s child welfare system.

Cincinnati’s child welfare system is straining at the seams.

In the past two years, the number of abused and neglected children getting referred to the juvenile court system has increased a whopping 34 percent, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. That means Tracy Cook (’90) and her team at ProKids are very busy.

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Tracy Cook, ProKids Executive Director

ProKids’ mission is “a safe, permanent, and nurturing home for every child.”  Through community volunteers and coalition partners, ProKids elevates the voices of area children in order free them from abuse or neglect and provide them of environments in which  they can thrive. A difficult job made all the more challenging as their client base increases against the backdrop of decreasing or stagnant funds.  In November, voters approved a levy approved that maintained $40 million in funding for Hamilton County Job and Family Services, the local agency charged with handling the many cases of abuse and neglect.  While this victory staved off budget cuts, it doesn’t provide additional dollars to address the ballooning population of children needing help.

So, what can be done to make a difference?  Ms. Cook  comes to UC College of Law on February 27 to discuss her work at ProKids and strategies for making sure children in our community are getting the help they need and deserve.  Please join us!

Coffee Corner with Tracy Cook; Monday, February 27 at 12:15 in the Crow’s Nest 

 

Author: Verna L. Williams

Interim Dean, Nippert Professor of Law, co-founder and co-director of Cincinnati Law's Center for Race, Gender, and Social Justice. Professor Williams joined Cincinnati Law's faculty in 2001. She teaches Constitutional Law; Gender and the Law; and Family Law. Her research examines the intersection of race and gender in law and society.

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