Child Abuse Prevention Month
Butte CAA and other county organizations are committed to providing support and programs to educate and prevent child abuse. Since April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, we wanted to talk about how everyone can help through education and awareness, as well as how programs like our Esplanade House provide support for families so they can thrive.
This year is particularly important as child abuse is known to increase during times of crisis. By being proactive and focusing on strengthening our families as a whole, we can do the most to stop abuse.
Already there are reports across the country of increased child abuse and domestic violence related to the constraints brought on by COVID-19. School closures and shelter-in-place orders are currently effecting the landscape of child abuse prevention.
- The most common type of maltreatment is neglect.
- In Federal fiscal year (FFY) 2018, about 4.3 million reports were made to child protective services concerning the safety and well-being of approximately 7.8 million children.
- Last year, an estimated 678,000 children were found to be victims of child abuse or neglect nationwide.
Depending on how you look at it, there are five or six Protective Factors. These are environmental and societal contributions or factors that decrease risk and help families to function as healthy as possible.
An early experience of positive nurturing from a parent greatly impacts a child’s development.
2. Knowledge of parenting and of child and youth development
When parents are able to give affection, respectful communication and listening, and secure boundaries with safe opportunities for independence. When they understand the importance of these things, they are more likely to do them intentionally.
3. Parental resilience
Parenting is hard, and life can be difficult sometimes. Therefore, resiliency in a parent is crucial in helping them bounce back and be there for children even when they are feeling down.
4. Social connections
Not just for children, but for parents too. When adults have a community of other adults to support them in the raising of a child, they find it easier to parent. As the old saying goes, “It takes a village.”
5. Concrete support
A family's ability to take care of their basic needs and also seek outside resources are better able to ensure safety and well being for their kids.
6. Social and emotional competence of children
It starts early. A positive relationship with their guardian affects all aspects of their behavioral development.
The Esplanade House
Our Butte CAA Esplanade House actively combats the chances of child abuse and provides a space for healing and growth for families. Those we serve through supportive programming have experienced homelessness and traumas that may come with it. There can also be mental health issues, that is why we provide counseling along with education about coping strategies.
Our EH Program directly provide and enhance each of the protective factors to create stronger more resilient families and hopefully break the cycle of poverty for the children and their future families. If you or someone you know may need our services, please reach out here.
We are proud to be able to do this work, and we do it with the help of our community partners and donors! If you are able to volunteer and support our mission, reach out via our volunteer form. If you are unable to give time, but want to make a financial gift, please follow the button below.
Together we can build strong families and prevent child abuse for generations to come.