Chaos, conflict and confusion were constants in James Stuart’s childhood days. His mother married and divorced several times and the family was always on the move – “running from police, I’m guessing,” Stuart said.
Predators target children who lack affection and having five or more caring adults in their lives can help keep children safe, according to Alison Feigh of the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center (JWRC) and the National Child Protection Training Center.
Youth First has been providing kids in Andover, Anoka and Ramsey with a safe place to be, adults to connect with and help with improving academically for the last 19 years. But that could all be endangered.