April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. This month and throughout the year, CYDC encourages all individuals and organizations to play a role in making the Tri-County a better place for children and families. At CYDC, in addition to serving youth in foster care who have been abused, our Strengthening Families program works on the prevention side to eliminate or significantly reduce identified risk factors for child abuse and neglect, and to enhance protective factors in families that result in the development of a plan to keep families together.
By ensuring that parents have the knowledge, skills, and resources they need to care for their children, we can help prevent child abuse and neglect by making meaningful connections with children, youth and families in our communities. Research shows that protective factors are present in healthy families. Promoting these factors is among the most effective ways to reduce the risk of child abuse and neglect. They are:
- Nurturing and attachment
- Knowledge of parenting and of child and youth development
- Parental resilience
- Social connections
- Concrete supports for parents
- Social and emotional competence of children
In support of these efforts, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Children’s Bureau, Office on Child Abuse and Neglect, its Child Welfare Information Gateway, the FRIENDS National Center for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention and over 30 National Prevention Partners have created the 2016 Prevention Resource Guide: Building Community, Building Hope. The resource guide, designed for service providers who work throughout the community to strengthen families, is available online here.