Those of us who work with abused children see April as a time to remind our community members how they can get involved in preventing child abuse from happening in the first place. April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. Everything we can do to transform our communities into places that truly care about and actively support families and children can make the difference.
By making sure all parents in our community have access to quality child care, affordable health services, parenting education and support, substance abuse treatment, and mental health programs, we make progress toward preventing child abuse. It is not enough to care about the problems of child abuse and to address the consequences. We have to put our time, our money, and our energy toward prevention.
On Saturday, April 23, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., we invite the community to attend a family event called Popsicles and Pinwheels in the Sawmill Crossing parking lot. Besides face painting and free popsicles and pinwheels for the kids, parents will have access to educational materials and services. If you can’t attend the event, we ask that you take the time to give children the vocabulary and tools they need to be safe and teach them how to tell someone if they’re being abused in any way. For more information on how you can make child abuse prevention a priority, call (928) 595-0406 or visit www.childhelp.org.
Program Manager/Forensic Interviewer