The Maryland Association of Social Services Boards (MASSB) and the Frederick County Department of Social Services Board of Directors continue to partner to raise awareness for safe sleeping and safe storage of medications. Since 2012 we have put on six 5k’s. Stay tuned for information about a new event for 2019.
The 2nd leading cause of infant death is
Sudden Unexplained Infant Death (SUID)
According to the MD State Child Fatality Review Team 2017 Annual Legislative Report
In Maryland, between 2012 to 2016, there were 262 SUID (children under the age of 1) deaths. Of those deaths, 240 (92%) were sleep-related infant deaths from unsafe sleeping practices such as bed sharing and suffocation. Since our campaign to increase awareness, FCDSS investigations of infant fatalities have decreased significantly each year. Since 2012, to ensure safe sleeping practices and address these infant fatalities, FCDSS has distributed 243 pack-n-plays.
Research shows that infant deaths can be reduced through safe sleeping practices such as ABC: Alone, on their Back, and in a Crib
Monies raised from this event will buy life-saving pack-n-plays for families without proper sleeping arrangements for children in their care. For just under $100 our cost, families may receive a free pack-n-play to ensure safe sleeping practices, and a free medication lockbox to ensure harmful medications stay out of the hands of little ones. Since 2017, FCDSS has distributed 36 medication lockboxes to families.
Our yearly goal is to raise $5,000 to purchase a year’s supply of pack-n-plays and lockboxes to save young lives!
Thank you for your support and generosity! Please contact us with any inquiries at 301-600-2636 or Cribcrawl@outlook.com.