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April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

Apr 06, 2016 02:08PM ● By Erica Shames

April was first declared Child Abuse Prevention Month by presidential proclamation in 1983. 

In Child Maltreatment 2013 (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Children's Bureau) it was reported that in FFY 2013 in the fifty states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, an estimated 679,000 children were victims of child abuse; and 1,484 children died as a result of abuse or neglect. The majority of child abuse cases stemmed from situations and conditions that can be preventable when community programs and systems are engaged and supportive. A community that cares about early childhood development, parental support, and maternal mental health, for instance, is more likely to foster nurturing families and healthy children.

Research has identified factors known to prevent and reduce child abuse and neglect. These factors—including parental resilience, nurturing and attachment, social connections, knowledge about parenting and child development, social and emotional competence of children, and concrete supports for parents—are outlined in Preventing Child Maltreatment and Promoting Well-Being: A Network for Action 2015 Resource Guide, also developed by the Children's Bureau.

Snyder County Children and Youth will be displaying a Pinwheel garden on the lawn of both Selinsgrove and Midd-West high schools for the month of April. Please take the time to stop and take notice!

Each pinwheel will represent a substantiated victim of child abuse in Snyder County within the last calendar year. It is everyone’s job to fight child abuse and neglect! Be brave and stand up for children! Learn about ways you can help, such as becoming a resource parent, by calling (570) 374-4570.


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