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April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. 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.  Research shows that protective factors are present in healthy families. Protective factors are conditions or attributes of individuals, families, communities, or the larger society that mitigate risk and promote healthy development and wellbeing. Promoting the following protective factors is one of the most effective ways to reduce the risk of child abuse and neglect:  

  • Nurturing and attachment
  • Knowledge of parenting and of child and youth development 
  • Parental resilience  
  • Social connections
  • Concrete supports for parents
  • Social and emotional competence of children 

A month of daily activities  parents and children can do together can be found at: https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubPDFs/calendar_en_2020.pdf

More information on Child Abuse Prevention  can be found at:   https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/preventing/preventionmonth/

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