October 22, 2021

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

(Franklin, GA) — April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

This month and throughout the year, Heard County DFCS encourages all individuals and organizations to play a role in making Heard 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 prevent child abuse and neglect by creating strong and thriving children, youth, and families in our communities.

Research shows that protective factors are present in healthy families. Promoting these factors is among the most effective ways to reduce the risk of child abuse and neglect.

The 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 competence of children

“April is a time to celebrate the important role that communities play in protecting children and strengthening families,” said Charlene Harrod, County Director.

“Everyone’s participation is critical. Focusing on ways to connect with families is the best thing our community can do to strengthen families and prevent child abuse and neglect.”

In recognition Heard County DFCS and Community Partners will at the Veteran’s Memorial Park on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. to recognize Child Abuse Prevention Month by planting a “Pinwheel Garden.”

Pinwheels are visual reminders that we all play a role in ensuring happy and healthy childhoods for all children everywhere.

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