KidSafe plays an important role in helping to reduce childhood injuries and death in the local communities of the Big Bend area of North Florida by providing adaptable safety seats to families with low incomes. The Safety Seat we use meets all safety standards and adapts to the growth requirements of the child from 5 to 100 pounds. Each seat costs the agency $125.
Having the right safety seat is the first step in protecting a child. However, having the set installed and the child secured correctly and knowing when to change the orientation of the seat, as the child grows are also important. KidSafe provides child safety seat education to parents of young children through educational materials and outreach events. We have two Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians who can demonstrate proper installation and provide education.
Thanks to generous grants from St. John’s Episcopal Church Market and 4Imprint, LOOK BEFORE YOU LOCK window clings are available from our partner agencies, pediatrician offices and other events. The cling reminds parents to never leave a child in the back seat. This is an important habit to develop, especially in Florida where 6 children have died in the first seven months of 2023 from HOT CAR heat exhaustion. Even if you are sure your child isn’t in the back seat, check anyway. Most of these tragedies are unintended and the result of faulty memory or miscommunication.
of those children belonged to a racial or ethnic minority group (Black, Asian, Hispanic, Multi-Race).
of those children lived in families whose incomes were below 135% of the Federal Poverty Level.
of those children lived in families whose incomes were below the Federal Poverty Level (Extremely Low Income).
of those children lived in families of single moms.
NO FAMILY SHOULD HAVE TO ENDURE THE PAIN OF LOSING A CHILD WHEN IT CAN BE PREVENTED!
AND IT IS PREVENTABLE!
The use of Child Safety Seats can reduce the number of fatalities by as much as 71%. – 2020 CDC Statistics
KidSafe is the “doing business as” name of Lutheran Social Services of North Florida, Inc.
The agency began in 1989 as a social ministry of Epiphany Lutheran Church and Pastor Bernard Kurzwig with the mission to develop and administer programs to address unmet social service needs in North Florida. Over the years, the agency has undertaken a variety of programs as unmet needs have been identified in the community.
In 2017, the KidSafe Program was the agency’s answer to a plea from several child/family-centered agencies that lacked the resources to provide this service in the community. No other resources were available to provide child safety seats to protect children living in families with low incomes. Since that time, KidSafe has grown and continues to grow, validating the need for the program.
KidSafe works collaboratively with partner agencies, distributing new high quality child safety seats to families being served by the agencies. These partner agencies verify the financial need of the family and request a safety seat. In this way, KidSafe does not duplicate any service but adds an important resource to the local network of child and family agencies in the community. The current collaborating partners include:
YOUR GIFT MAY SAVE A CHILD’S LIFE