April is a month to highlight & make an extra effort to create awareness about the importance of strengthening families & preventing child abuse & neglect. During these stressful times, it’s more important than ever to promote safe, stable, and nurturing environments for kids. On Friday, April 9th KCKPS will be wearing BLUE to make a visible commitment to preventing child abuse.
You can help prevent child abuse and neglect in your community and state. Here’s some suggestions of things you can do to help keep kids safe and strong – right from the start:
- Advocate: Help change the way our state and nation thinks about prevention by focusing on community activities and public policies that prioritize prevention right from the start. Contact local, state, and national law makers about the importance of prevention programs.
- Volunteer: Serve on a committee or board or volunteer for a program. We all play a role in raising children whether we are neighbors, educators, caregivers, or family members.
- Educate: Contact local school districts and faith communities about sponsoring classes for parents. Be a mentor to a new parent; share your skills with your neighbors. A healthy, nurturing environment for children to grow is one of the best lifelong investments we can make.
- Support: Get to know and support the children and families in your community. With the support of engaged communities and nurturing families, all of our children can thrive. Know the resources available in your community and how to connect families to them. Call the Parent Helpline at 1-800-CHILDREN for information on services available where you live.
- Report: Recognize the signs and symptoms of child abuse and neglect. If you suspect abuse or neglect call 1-800-922-5330.
To learn more about child abuse prevention efforts in Kansas, please visit the Kanas Children’s Service League website.
Posted April 5, 2021