April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month
South Dakota is moving forward collectively to prevent child abuse and neglect in the state.
RAPID CITY, S.D. — April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. This month and throughout the year, the Center for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment (CPCM) encourages all individuals and organizations to play a role in making South Dakota a better place for children and families. By ensuring that parents have the knowledge, skills, and resources they need to care for their children, we can help prevent child abuse and neglect by creating strong and thriving children, youth, and families in our communities.
There is something we can all do — knowing what to look for, is a good place to start.
Tifanie Petro, Director Children’s Home Advocacy Center, says “Our prevention platform is really what we called from parent to professional. We are looking to educating those that are living in this every day as well as educating professionals to help support and encourage and can really get that cohesive message across for entire communities.”
In support of these efforts, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Children’s Bureau, Office on Child Abuse and Neglect, its Child Welfare Information Gateway, the FRIENDS National Center for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention and over 30 national prevention partners have created 2019 Prevention Resource Guide: Strong and Thriving Families. The resource guide, designed for service providers who work throughout the community to support families, is available online at https://childwelfare.com/topics/preventing/preventionmonth/resources/resource-guide/.
For more information about child abuse prevention programs and activities during the month of April and throughout the year, visit CPCM’s website at www.sdcpcm.com or follow them on Facebook and Twitter: @SDCPCM.
Other dates to note:
Mental Health Awareness day with speakers and booths on May 9 starting at 5 p.m. at the Main Street square.
Children’s Justice Conference on May 9 at the Best Western Ramkota Hotel through CPCM, CHS, DOJ.
ACES train the trainer event will be May 10.