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April is Child Abuse Prevention Month
Monday, April 1, 2013
"Children are our future." This is a familiar phrase. For the future to be healthy, successful and full of hope, people must first consider the present of children. They are directly impacted from their experiences during their early childhood.
The month of April is devoted to promoting awareness and prevention of a major factor that impacts children in the present and for the future - child abuse. It occurs where everyone lives - urban, suburban and rural. Last year it occurred in all 67 counties of Pennsylvania. Child abuse is a tragedy for all involved, but especially the children who not only endure physical harm, but also emotional damage that lasts a lifetime.
Most of the time child abuse is preventable and there are roles people can each take to help the cause. During April, Child Abuse Prevention Month, ban together and plan for the future.
Offered are some examples of easy things to do that may have a large impact on the future. As a citizen, contact elected officials and request that they support programs that strengthen families (remember their responses the next time you vote). As a parent, take care of yourself. When you are good to yourself, you are giving your child a happier, healthier parent. As a neighbor, offer to help an overwhelmed parent or caregiver - perhaps you could watch the children and provide a much-needed break.
Children's Aid Society is committed to offering various programs that can help prevent child abuse and neglect. The Adoption Program helps prospective adoptive families move through the adoption process to match them with a child who is in need of a loving family.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Clearfield County matches youth and adults to give the child additional positive support. In the Child Care Center, full- and part-time child care is provided for children ages 6 weeks through sixth grade.
The Healthy Relationship Project offers comprehensive marriage and relationship education and skills training to individuals and/or couples in Clearfield County and eight adjacent counties. The purpose of the Nurturing Program is to strengthen families by giving parents and children the tools needed to make a happy home life.
Pre-K Counts provides children ages 3-4 with skills necessary to successfully transition into kindergarten and succeed in school. The Relatives As Parents Program is designed to assist and support grandparents raising grandchildren and other relative caregivers. In Home Services provides a wide array of services depending on the need of each individual family referred by Clearfield County Children, Youth and Family Services.
The Strengthening Provider Program partners with family child care providers to strengthen families in the community.
To learn more about the programs Children's Aid Society offers, call 765-2686. For other programs available to help prevent child abuse or neglect in Clearfield County, call INFO-LINK at 765-5014 or 1-800-494-5678.
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