In recognition of National Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month, Lutheran Social Services will be using its online voice this month to help raise awareness of an issue vital to our mission. Toward this goal, agencies, families, and communities are working together with a particular focus this month to feature child abuse prevention strategies and activities and promote prevention across the country. We are taking this opportunity to share valuable information on prevention/protective factors through our LSS Help, Healing, Hope and Foster In Texas blog sites.
The 2014 Prevention Resource Guide: Making Meaningful Connections* is a great source of information about protective factors that help reduce child abuse and support families and communities. It addresses specific parenting issues and provides concrete steps that parents and caregivers can take to promote child well-being.
Our LSS blogs this month will summarize several chapters in the Guide and highlight the following topics:
- Dealing With Temper Tantrums
- Ten Ways to be a Better Dad
- Managing Stress
- Connecting With Your Teen
- Making Healthy Connections
Since 1983, the month of April has been designated as National Child Abuse Prevention Month (NCAPM) by the President of the United States and federal offices such as the U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services. 2014 marks the 40th anniversary of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA, P.L. 93-247), which centralized and expanded federal efforts to prevent and respond to child abuse and neglect.
We hope you will follow these articles and share them with your network of friends, family, work colleagues and church groups. Thank you for participating in this important effort – in the month of April every other month of the year.
*The 2014 Prevention Resource Guide: Making Meaningful Connections is the product of a collaboration among the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Children’s Bureau, Office on Child Abuse and Neglect, its Child Welfare Information Gateway, the FRIENDS National Resource Center for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention, and the Center for the Study of Social Policy—Strengthening Families
* Download the entire Guide at https://www.childwelfare.gov/preventing/promoting/parenting, or call 800.394.3366.