April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. This month and throughout the year, Family Service Society, Inc. encourages all individuals and organizations to play a role in making Grant 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. A startling figure to consider is that only 5 children out of the 68 child abuse cases in the Grant County Court System today are receiving counseling to cope with their traumatic experiences. We are asking the community to help us change that. 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
“Strong communities are built on strong families,” said Lisa Dominisse, Family Service Society
For more information about child abuse prevention programs and activities during the month of April, and throughout the year, contact Lisa Dominisse at 765-662-9971 ext. 108.