April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month.
Child abuse in the United States is staggering. According to the American Society for the Positive Care of Children, over 7 million reports of child abuse were received from coast to coast in 2016. But wait! This stat is just one of many sobering facts. Click this link for a deep dive into its prevalence and consequences – http://americanspcc.org/child-abuse-statistics/
The theme for this year’s National Child Abuse Prevention Month is “Building Community, Building Hope.”
Get involved to strengthen your community.
Here are some ideas:
1. Meet and greet your neighbors.
2. Set up a playgroup in your community at people’s homes or a local park (consider inviting people who may not have children at home, like local seniors).
3. Attend local government meetings and let them know how important resources are in your community. Outline how important parks, strong schools and accessible services strengthen your family and other families.
Find more suggestions at the link below.
References: American Society for the Positive Care of Children. [Available at]: http://americanspcc.org/child-abuse-statistics/