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Saturday, April 16, 2011

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

I meant to post this earlier in the month, but wanted to make sure I got to it since we are still in the middle of April. Having worked with foster children and recruiting and licensing foster families in the past I feel it is important we keep children of abuse and neglect or broken families in mind. While many children sadly lose their lives before they are even born through abortion, many so called wanted children end up in broken homes, living with drug addicted parents or among parents unable to take care of their children and get the support they need so they end up abusing them, neglecting them or killing them in many cases. Thanks to the open hearts of foster families many children can be sheltered from these situations until a permanent family is found or the courts have found the parents have met the criteria through parent training or court orders to have their children returned. Unfortunately all cases are not the same and not all children are returned to a better situation but the goal is to reunite the families. Teens are often in and out of foster homes. Many age out of the system before they are adopted or reunited with their families. Sadly some grow up with attachment issues where they have trouble trusting authority and having a hard time with relationships. Younger children are more often reunited with family or united with other family members if the parents are unable to care for them.

Childhelp.org is one organization that works to prevent child abuse, raise awareness and seeks advocates to fight child abuse. Below are some of the ways you can help raise awareness, donate or help advocate for abused children. Here is more about Childhelp.org according to their website:


If you knew your support would help stop physical brutality, emotional abuse or starvation for children – would you take action?

Child


Each year, the President of the United States, along with countless
local government officials, proclaim the month of April to be National
Child Abuse Prevention Month. Throughout the month, the Nation is urged
to rally together against the growing epidemic of child abuse and to
initiate and participate in programs and activities that help prevent
and treat abuse as well as strengthen families and communities. Everyone
must play a role if we are to change these tragic statistics:


We ask you to take action by spreading awareness and education

throughout your community. There are many ways YOU can help Childhelp in
our daily fight against child abuse and neglect, including:

Advocate

  • Learn the signs and symptoms of abuse. Report known or suspected child abuse to local authorities.
  • If you have questions about child abuse or how to report it,
    call the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline at
    1-800-4-A-CHILD.
  • Display the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline posters in public locations within your community. Click here to download the poster.

Donate

  • Become a “ChildHelper.”
    This monthly giving program enables you to stand against child
    abuse and become an advocate for hope and healing, while helping
    us execute our mission of meeting the physical, emotional and
    spiritual needs of abused, neglected and at-risk children. Become a
    National Member for just $10 a month.
  • If you can only give once this year, text CHLP to 20222 to
    make a one-time donation of $10 and share our text to donate
    number on Facebook and Twitter. Tell your friends and family to
    text as well!

Participate

  • Ask Congress to Stop Child Abuse Deaths by signing the Internet petition
    from the National Child Abuse Coalition, which urges members of
    Congress to hold hearings, provide emergency funds and adopt a
    national strategy to fight child abuse in America. This will be
    delivered to Congress the first week of April.
  • Write a letter to members of Congress to bring additional
    awareness to the issue. Using the promo code "Childhelp1959," the
    first 500 people can send two free letters through a new tool
    called PurpleLetter.org. Feel
    free to send as many as you want to elected officials and media
    outlets and make sure you post your letter in the PurpleLetter
    online gallery and share it via Facebook and Twitter so we can
    make the most impact possible. 
  • Join us as we reserve five minutes of silence on this year’s
    National Day of Hope, Wednesday, April 6, 2011, in honor and
    remembrance of the nearly five children that die each day as a
    result of child abuse and neglect. Click here to learn more about
    Childhelp’s National Day of Hope.
  • Become a sponsor of National Day of Hope. Click here for details.
Increasing need to ensure the safety and welfare of children led to the first proclamation of Child Abuse Prevention Month back in 1983.

Today, nearly 30 years later, the need to stop child abuse and neglect is even greater as the number of children affected continues to rise at an alarming rate. It is imperative that we join together as a Nation and focus our efforts to put an end to this growing epidemic. Together, we can make a difference and stop the abuse.



 
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