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April is ....

National Child Abuse Prevention Month!

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Preventing Child Abuse

The prevention of child abuse and neglect is important to us throughout the year, but we use April as a platform to get rally the troops in our community as we fight to support families before abuse occurs. Our programs aim to build strong connections, supportive environments, and positive learning experiences for children and parents. Together, we can make a difference!

Strengthening Families

Our focus is on strengthening and supporting families by building programs based on the Strengthening Families Framework. We believe that if we strengthen key Protective Factors in families, we will reduce the likelihood of child abuse and neglect. 

The 5 Protective Factors we strive to strengthen are:

  • Parental Resilience - coping skills and strategies that allow for effective parenting.

  • Social Connections - having others to talk to, gain advice from, or provide a listening ear.

  • Knowledge of Parenting & Child Development - promoting positive parenting practices and a knowledge of appropriate expectations for children based on their age and stage of development.

  • Concrete Supports in Times of Need - assisting parents in identifying, locating, and securing resources to support their families in times of need.

  • Social & Emotional Competence of Children - promoting parenting practices that encourage appropriate experiences, expressions, and management of emotions and communication of needs.

Learn more about our programs that strengthen the 5 Protective Factors in families by clicking HERE!

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Together, we can make a difference!

This month and all year long, we encourage our community members to actively participate in preventing child abuse and neglect by sharing responsibility and doing your part. You can make a difference by:

  • Join a Parenting Education Program, Parent Playgroup, or another family-based program in our community.

  • If you suspect abuse, make a report! 

  • Offer to drop off dinner or groceries for a family in your neighborhood or circle of friends - parenting is hard, so lend a helping hand when you can!

  • Plant a Pinwheel in your yard to support child abuse prevention efforts.

  • Offer support and strength to families struggling with their children's behavior in local places, such as grocery stores and restaurants.

  • Share information about local programs that support families when you can.

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