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Posted on: April 2, 2018

[ARCHIVED] WCSO & Prevent Child Abuse America: “Help Great Childhoods Happen this April!”

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Research suggests that many people are already playing a role in preventing child abuse and creating great childhoods in their communities, they just don’t realize it. A study commissioned by Prevent Child Abuse America shows that only 27% of Americans report that they are engaged in prevention. However, that same study showed that

·        80% of Americans reporting donating goods, money or time to an organization supporting children and families,

·        70% reported volunteering children through places of worship, schools, and sports or academic clubs, and

·        56% provided mentorship to a child in their family, neighborhood, or community.

“These numbers show that many people are already involved in activities that prevent child abuse and neglect, they just don’t realize it,” said Dan Duffy, President and CEO of Prevent Child Abuse America.  Some suggestions from WCSO & Prevent Child Abuse America for how people can get involved include:

·        Volunteering to staff an after-school program like a sports or academic team. 

·        Mentoring a new parent by reaching out to your neighbor and offering to help with

·        Advocating for federal and state policies that support children and families, such as home visiting programs, paid family medical leave.

·        Learning about abuse prevention curricula in place at local schools or churches and advocating to create one if there is not yet a program in place

·        Donating time to organizations that support children, such as by offering to be a free tutor or getting involved with a local mentorship program

·        Donating money to organizations that fight for children and families such as a local Prevent Child Abuse America state chapter.

Get involved and help great childhoods happen! To learn more about Prevent Child Abuse American visit their website

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