Press release from Community Mental Health Center, Inc.
(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) - April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and Community Mental Health Center, Inc., Lawrenceburg, wants you to know that the national prevention month provides our communities with an important opportunity to become aware of, and remain vigilant of, how children are abused, what effect this abuse has on our children and our communities, how we can help children who are abused, and what we can do to stop child abuse in the future.
During April, all individuals and organizations are encouraged to play a role in making Southeastern Indiana a better place for children and families. By ensuring that parents have the knowledge, skills and resources they need for their children, we can help promote children’s social and emotional well-being and prevent child maltreatment within families and communities.
According to the Administration for Children & Families of the U. S. Department of Health & Human Services, research shows that when parents possess six protective factors, the risk for neglect and abuse diminish and optimal outcomes for children, youth and families are promoted. The six protective factors are: nurturing and attachment; knowledge of parenting and of child and youth development; parental resilience; social connections; concrete supports for parents, and social and emotional developmental well-being.
The Administration for Children & Families says, “April is a time to celebrate the important role that communities play in protecting children. Everyone’s participation is critical. Focusing on ways to build and promote the protective factors, in every interaction with children and families, is the best thing our communities can do to prevent child maltreatment and promote optimal child development.”
Community Mental Health Center, Inc., provides counseling for abused children and for child abusers. Staff members and volunteers with CMHC’s Directions! program offer child abuse prevention programs for school children throughout Southeastern Indiana. Programs for second and fourth or fifth grade students give children information about what child abuse is and what they can do to get help to stop such abuse if they are being victimized or have been victimized.
Child abuse is insidious, and it comes in many different forms. It can range from consistent neglect – failing to provide for the everyday basic needs of food, clothing and good hygiene and health for a child – to something as vicious as ongoing battery and sexual abuse. Abuse affects the emotional, mental and physical well-being of children who experience it. Every year in Indiana, hundreds of kids are abused and neglected, and every year some die from the abuse and neglect they suffer.
For more information about Directions! programs or about volunteer opportunities available with Directions! school-based child abuse prevention programs, please call Cathy Dwyer, Program Manager of Directions!, at (812) 537-7381.
All CMHC services are provided without regard to race, religion, disability, gender, color, age, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, sexual orientation, political belief, status as a veteran, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.