“Chemung County Recognizes Child Abuse Prevention Month”
Elmira– Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli has proclaimed April as Child Abuse Prevention Month in Chemung County. This is a time to come together to celebrate community efforts to ensure all children have great childhoods. Every child deserves a healthy, nurturing childhood and the opportunity to grow to become a caring, productive adult. Unfortunately, the toxic stress of child abuse and neglect can damage a developing child’s brain in ways that create poor outcomes that last a lifetime. Abuse harms more than just an individual child’s chances for success—it harms a community’s economic prosperity and quality of life.
Once again during this month the Chemung County Department of Social Services Children and Family Services Division will be partnering with Glove House to “plant” a Pinwheel Garden on the corner of Clemens Center Parkway and Water Street in Elmira, NY to bring awareness to Child Abuse Prevention Month. Organizations and businesses across NYS will also plant Pinwheel gardens to promote Child Abuse Prevention month. The pinwheel is the national symbol for child abuse prevention, which reminds us of childlike notions and stands for the chance at the healthy, happy and full lives all children deserve.
“Child abuse can be prevented and we want to the community to know that we all have an important part in making that happen. When we work together to promote nurturing parent‚??child interactions, teach discipline that is safe and age‚??appropriate, and foster early learning opportunities, we actually support child development and healthy family relationships ‚?? the very actions that help to prevent child abuse and neglect,” said Kellie Lowman, Director of Children and Family Services. “When the well‚??being of children and families becomes the priority of everyone in a community, the number of child abuse and neglect incidents will decrease. Other good things also happen for families, including better health outcomes, improved school performance and stronger economic self‚??sufficiency,” added Lowman.
This month and throughout the year, Chemung County Children and Family Services encourages all individuals and organizations to play a role in making Chemung County a better place for children and families. By ensuring that parents have the knowledge, skills, and resources they need to care for their children, we can help promote children’s social and emotional well-being and prevent child maltreatment within families and communities.
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
• Social and emotional developmental well-being
For more information about child abuse prevention programs and activities during the month of April, and throughout the year, contact Children and Family Services, 607-737-5402.