Connecting for Kids receives $500 grant from Westlake-Bay Village Rotary Club

Connecting for Kids' board President Andrew Mangels and Executive Director Sarah Rintamaki.

Connecting for Kids has received a $500 grant from the Westlake-Bay Village Rotary Club to provide 20 Wandering Safety Kits to help area families protect their children from the dangers of wandering.

“Research suggests that more than half of all children with an autism spectrum disorder diagnosis and many more children with other diagnoses, including Down syndrome, anxiety, ADHD and intellectual disabilities, engage in wandering behaviors,” said Sarah Rintamaki, executive director of Connecting for Kids. “Among special needs families there is a huge concern for safety, especially after the tragic consequences of wandering we have seen.”

The safety kit includes door/window alarms, an ID bracelet, four laminated stop sign visuals and a S.T.O.P. (Supervise - Teach - Organize - Protect) wandering quick guide with tips and information.

“When Connecting for Kids began handing out these kits, so many families requested one that we ran out and had to turn people away,” said Andrew Mangels, director of the Westlake Porter Public Library and board president of Connecting for Kids. “This generous grant from the Westlake-Bay Village Rotary Club will allow us to provide free kits to 20 additional families.”

Connecting for Kids provides education and support to families with concerns about their child, including those with and without formal diagnoses. For more information about Connecting for Kids, visit or call 440-250-5563.

Lorilynn Wolf

Lorilynn Wolf serves as the Communications Director for Connecting for Kids.

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