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We All Can Play a Part in Making Meaningful Connections

“We All Can Play a Part in Making Meaningful Connections”

April Is National Child Abuse Prevention Month
Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Elmira – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli has proclaimed April as Child Abuse Prevention Month in Chemung County. This is a time to recognize that each child has the right to be raised in a healthy, nurturing home, free from abuse and neglect. As a community we must work to ensure that every child has an equal opportunity to grow and develop. On a daily basis, people work in the courts, social services, schools, and other places to make a difference for each child they interact with.

This April, be on the lookout for Pinwheels for Prevention-the signature campaign of Prevent Child Abuse America and its state chapters. Why Pinwheels? Pinwheels are a happy and uplifting symbol of the bright future all children deserve. In partnership with Glove House, Pinwheel gardens will be “planted” at the Department of Social Services. Many other organizations and businesses will also plan Pinwheel gardens to promote Child Abuse Prevention month.

“April is a time to celebrate the important role that communities play in protecting children,” said Kellie Lowman, Director of Services. “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 community can do to prevent child maltreatment and promote optimal child development."

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

Chemung County Department of Social Services, Children and Family Services, will host two open houses at the Human Resource Center, 425 Pennsylvania Ave, Elmira, NY 14904, on April 10 and April 17 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm. We encourage families and community members to come and ask questions and learn more about ways to prevent child abuse prevention. Other community agencies will also be present to share information about their programs.

Click on the link above for the Making Meaningful Connections 2014 Resource Guide.

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