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National Child Abuse Prevention Month

In 1983, National Child Abuse Prevention Month was established. In the month of April, all over the nation, families and communities take the time to reflect on the importance of keeping children safe and work together in order to prevent child abuse. Children are the future; a community that recognizes this by supporting and protecting developing children will ultimately thrive. Here at Monterey Park Hospital, our staff would like to join in the effort to prevent child abuse and provide trusted resources for families in our community.

Child Abuse Is Preventable

When people offer support to families, child maltreatment, abuse, and neglect are greatly reduced. Nurturing parental relationships, social attachments, and emotional stability are all needed for a child to become a stable, thriving adult.

Take a look at simple things you can do to prevent child abuse or neglect in your family:

  • Play one-on-one with your child: Even if it’s just 15 minutes a day, spend time with your child and play whatever he or she wants to play. This encourages positive reinforcement and reassures your child of your love. Balance your parental guidelines with support and love.
  • Be crazy about your child: Be vocal about your love and support to your child. Children need a force of unconditional love in their lives in order to thrive. Complement them daily on new skills or personality traits and encourage them to develop those traits further.
  • Pass on heritage: A sense of cultural history can help develop a child’s identity. Be proactive about telling your children where they come from and how traditions and cultural celebrations developed. This enables them to pass along their cultural heritage to the next generation.
  • Develop family relationships: Strong family connections, especially to older members such as grandparents, can also help ground the children in their cultural and familial identity. Grandparents are an excellent resource for family history.

Here are ways you can impact your community:

  • Volunteer at a cultural event: Communities are strengthened by the diverse cultures within them. Volunteer at an event that allows families to share their values and culture with others in the community. These events allow for deeper, more supportive relationships between families.
  • Volunteer for an organization: Community organizations routinely support children and families who are going through a rough patch, or who need extra support for whatever reason. Your time allows the organization to better serve those in the community.
  • Connect with your neighbors: By holding events and connecting your neighborhood community, you can better support families in need—be that with material things or even with parenting advice and resources. Create a safe zone within your neighborhood.
  • Donate to families in need: Families in need may require assistance with meeting the basic needs of their children. Make sure families in your community are receiving the necessary support in order to be able to provide for their own children.
  • Watch out for other children: Keep an eye out for other children in your community. If you sense something is wrong with a child and that they are being abused in any way, call your local child abuse hotline to report your concerns.

Little changes can add up to big differences in your family and your community. You can make an impact that not only affects the present circumstances of these children, but their futures as well. April is a month for spreading awareness of child abuse, but also for spreading awareness of how you can help. Please join with Monterey Park Hospital and share these tips for preventing child abuse and take the steps necessary to build a stronger community.

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