Wednesday, April 3, 2013

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

Broncos linebacker Wesley Woodyard joined Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and dozens of child advocates on the steps of the Colorado Capitol Monday to raise awareness for child abuse and prevention through the Be the One campaign.

April is Child Abuse Prevention (CAP) Month. Colorado is using a pinwheel as the symbol this year to represent statewide efforts to change the way we think about “prevention, focusing on community activities and public policies that prioritize prevention right from the start to make sure child abuse and neglect never occur.

The Kempe Center is hosting several awareness activities and events including the April 3 Kid’s Health Policy lunch seminar “How can we as a community protect our children” and the annual blue ribbon campaign with Children’s Hospital Colorado.

What can I do?
“Become familiar with the five protective factors and share this information with other adults to keep children safe from abuse and neglect.
1) Be a Bounce Back Family. Since challenging times impact every family, it’s important to recognize stressful situations and keep a sense of hope. These things can help us take constructive action to turn things around.
2) Make Parent Growth a Priority. Take time to learn what is age appropriate and how to set realistic expectations. These tools help us cope positively with various situations.
3) Learn More About Child Growth. Helping children develop emotionally helps them identify their feelings, clearly communicate and problem solve, and prepares them for positive social interaction.
4) Surround Yourself with a Network of Friends & Family. Having a strong support system of neighbors and community members helps us get needed breaks, cope with difficult times and prevents us from becoming isolated.
5) Call a Pro. Getting to know a day care professional, caseworker, teacher or doctor gives us an expert to turn to in times of need.”

Read more about what the Family Resource Center Program at CDPHE is doing for the prevention of child maltreatment by strengthening families.