Friday, April 15, 2016

Community to Recognize April as Child Abuse Prevention Month

 Mesa County Department of Human Services (MCDHS) joins countless others across the nation to highlight the issues of child abuse & neglect during the month of April and the importance of everyone taking responsibility in preventing abuse and neglect in our community.

MCDHS hopes to raise awareness that effective child abuse prevention succeeds because of partnerships created among social service agencies, families, neighbors, schools, religious organizations, law enforcement agencies and the business community.  Parents, families and community members can and must help reduce child abuse and neglect in Mesa County by promoting the benefits of seeking out groups, agencies and resources that can assist a parent in providing a loving, supportive and violence-free home.

Mesa County Department of Human Services is advocating a 3 prong approach to preventing child abuse.

Awareness: Trust your instincts if an interaction with an adult and child looks suspicious report it to the Abuse Hotline or Law Enforcement-
Reporting: If in doubt report it out; Mesa County Child Abuse or Neglect Hotline 970 242 1211;
Statewide Child Abuse or Neglect Hotline 1-844-CO-4-KIDS.
Prevention: Proactive approach to prevent the abuse before it happens. Learn the signs of stressed parent and offer resources to avert the abuse or neglect of a child.
The Mesa County Human Services website has info to those resources

 “Everyone in our community should become involved in supporting families to provide a safe, nurturing environment for all children,” stated Tracey Garchar, Mesa County Department of Human Services Director.  “Child Abuse Prevention Month is an opportunity for us to recognize that we all play an important part in promoting the social and emotional well-being of children and families in our community,” added Garchar.

Some events planned to recognize National Child Abuse Prevention month are:
Planting of Pinwheel Gardens in Mesa County in front of DHS & WFC Monday April 18 at Noon
Colorado Hotline Phone Display at Mesa Mall in the JC Penny wing throughout the month of April

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