April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and City House, as you might expect, is participating in awareness and getting the word. The bottom line is that child abuse is preventable and all of us can make a difference.
The theme for this year’s National Child Abuse Prevention Month continues to be “Making Meaningful Connections.” When we make meaningful connections with the children, youth, and families in our communities, we can help parents build the knowledge and skills and access the resources necessary to raise happy and healthy children. Everyone can play a role in preventing child abuse and neglect and promoting child and family well-being. This section provides information on getting involved to strengthen your community and the families in your community.
Get involved to strengthen your community! Sweet Arleen’s in Plano did – click here to find out how (and go get one of their delicious cup cakes. Or 12.)
•Meet and greet your neighbors
•Go to a parents meeting at your child’s school
•Participate in an activity at your local library or community center
•Set up a playgroup in your community at homes or local park (consider inviting people who may not have children at home, like local seniors)
•Organize a community babysitting co-op
•Volunteer at your child’s school through the school’s administration or the parent’s organization
•Encourage local service providers to produce a directory of available services that are easy to find in the community
•Organize a community event (a block party, father/daughter dance, parent support group)
•Run for an office in the parent organization at your child’s school
•Attend local government meetings (city council or school board meetings) and let them know how important resources are in your community. Let them know how parks, strong schools, and accessible services help to strengthen your family and other families.
It takes a community and we all make a difference. Child abuse is preventable and it is something we are passionate about here at City House! Thanks to all who make a difference!