April is Child Abuse Prevention Month
Child abuse and neglect is a growing problem in the U.S. with an estimated 1 in 5 children affected. April is National Child Abuse and Prevention Month and Kids First of Florida (KFF) is partnering with community agencies to focus on educating the community about the problem.
KFF is participating in several initiatives to highlight Child Abuse Prevention awareness in the Clay County Community and to educate how we can all make a difference in addressing the problem. We are planting a "Pinwheel Garden" at our Kingsley Ave. location to recognize the loss of innocence many abused children suffer. Additionally, we are participating in the MANicure Movement - an awareness program anyone can join by painting one fingernail blue this month.
This month and throughout the year, Kids First of Florida encourages all individuals and community organizations to participate in helping Clay County have the healthiest environment and resources for our children and families. By ensuring that parents have the knowledge, skill, and support they need to care for their children, we can all help to prevent child abuse and neglect in our communities. Research shows that when these factors are present, the risk of child abuse and neglect is markedly reduced:
- Nurturing and attachment
- Knowledge of parenting and of child development
- Parental resilience
- Social connections
- Concrete supports for parents
- Social and emotional competence of children
How can you help?
- Volunteer in our community to help a child or family
- Support prevention programs by advocating for them
- Encourage community leaders and employers to invest in children
- Support other parents, share resources, babysit, carpool, etc.
- Learn about child abuse prevention and share the information with others
For more information about child abuse prevention programs and activities during the month of April and throughout the year, contact Kids First of Florida at 904-278-5644.