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Of the at-risk children served by MountainStar Relief Nursery, 102 were from Madras.

MountainStar Relief Nursery has released its annual report on serving at-risk children in the tri-county area.

A total of 1,470 children and immediate family members were impacted by MountainStar services. Of the at-risk children served, 102 were from Madras, 81 from Prineville, 209 from Bend, and 12 from LaPine, for a total of 404 children.

At the area relief nurseries, 100 percent of the children received developmental screenings, 67 percent received mental health therapy, and 89 percent received well-child screenings.

The best statistic was that 99 percent of children enrolled in services remained free from confirmed cases of child abuse and neglect.

With home visits and family coaches who teach parents about infant and child development, MountainStar programs are able to help parents whose children are in foster care. Parents learn about helping resources in their community, and better stress management methods.

Last year, MountainStar served 89 foster children, and were able to reunite 34 with their families.

Jefferson County Library is bringing the joy of reading to the Madras relief nursery. Library personnel come to the nursery to read stories to kids, and sometimes bring a ukulele for sing-alongs.

MountainStar's mission is "To prevent child abuse and neglect through community support and therapeutic services that help vulnerable children and families succeed.

Relief nursery services include nationallyl-accredited therapeutic classes, regular child assessments, home visits, parent education, transportation, services for limined English-speaking families, mental health services, a Safety Net program for crisis intervention for high-risk families, and visitation services and intensive parent education for families with children in foster care.

For more information, visit mtstar.org, or contact MountainStar in Madras at 541-475-2537.

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