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    April Is National Child Abuse Prevention Month


    We All Can Play a Part in Making Meaningful Connections

    Jefferson County Human Services invites you to play a part in National Child Abuse Prevention Month by participating in various activities and fundraisers throughout the month to raise awareness and to report any concerns of child abuse or neglect in our community. All donations collected will go to support Ralston House External Link Icon, a child advocacy center helping children and teens who are victims of sexual or physical abuse.

    What you can do:

    • Wear blue on April 1st
    • Plant a pinwheel in the pinwheel gardens on the Jefferson County campus for a $2.00 suggested donation
    • Eat at your favorite restaurants and Ralston House gets 20% of your bill – details and required flyers can be found on our website External Link Icon

    This month and throughout the year, Jefferson County Human Services encourages all individuals and organizations to play a role in making Jefferson County a better place for children and families. By ensuring parents have the knowledge, skills, and resources they need to care for their children, we can help promote children’s social and emotional well-being and prevent child maltreatment within families and communities.

    Research shows that when parents possess six protective factors, the risk for neglect and abuse diminish and optimal outcomes for children, youth, and families are promoted. The six protective factors are:
    • Nurturing and attachment
    • Knowledge of parenting and of child and youth development
    • Parental resilience
    • Social connections
    • Concrete support for parents
    • Social and emotional developmental well-being

    “April is a time to celebrate the important role that communities play in protecting children,” said Mary Berg, Deputy Director, Jefferson County Human Services. “Everyone’s participation is critical. Focusing on ways to build and promote the protective factors in every interaction with children and families is the best thing our community can do to prevent child maltreatment and promote optimal child development.”

    In 2013, Jefferson County received 7,403 referrals of suspected abuse and neglect. The County constantly works to support families to ensure the safety of children, youth, and families but cannot do it alone. Groups, organizations and individuals throughout the community are highly encouraged to get involved in this effort. If you witness child abuse or even suspect it may be happening, please call the Child Abuse Hotline at 303-271-HELP (4357).

    Other resources available:

    30 Days of Prevention Calendar External Link Icon courtesy of Kempe Center and Children's Hospital Colorado

    Our Kids, Your Kids External Link Icon

    U.S. Department of Health & Human Services' National Child Abuse Month Initiative External Link Icon
      



    Kris Kinzli
    Marketing and Communication Manager
    303-271-4601
    kkinzli@jeffco.us

    March 31, 2014


    Last Updated: 4-30-2014