April is nationally recognized as child abuse prevention month. In April, Appanoose County will participate in a national movement to raise awareness of the importance of supporting families and investing in early childhood development.
Raising children in safe and nurturing environments is a critical step to ensuring children grow up to be healthy and successful adults.
Family Alliance of Appanoose County invites community members to celebrate and support families in the upcoming Blue-Out Day.
On April 11, the Family Alliance, in collaboration with Cook Insurance and Vision Financial, will be hosting lunch on the Centerville Square. There will be plates available for a good-will offering going to the Family Alliance of Appanoose County.
Any proceeds will be donated to the Family Alliance to further spread awareness about Child Abuse Prevention.
There will displays and free items handed out to those in attendance. The goal is to bring awareness to the community and spread the news that although child abuse is something that we would prefer not to face in our community, it is here, and we must bring it to light on our path to stop it and keep our children safe.
In addition to joining us for lunch, everyone is asked to wear blue on April 11. There will be blue ribbons all around town as a reminder that child abuse is everywhere and must be stopped.
“Keeping children safe is everyone’s responsibility,” stated Steve Scott, executive director of Prevent Child Abuse Iowa. “Our mission as individuals and as a state should be to ensure that all children grow up free from abuse. April’s activities are an excellent reminder of the part we all play in supporting children’s safe and healthy development.”
In Appanoose County, Family Alliance works in coalition with numerous programs which provide services to families to reduce the likelihood child abuse will occur. Parents as Teachers, Children and Families of Iowa, FADDS and the Appanoose County NEST Program are some examples. These programs are centered on providing local parents with parent education, either through one on one sessions in the home or through group sessions. Any member of the Family Alliance could guide you to the contacts for these programs.
Taxpayers can support child abuse prevention efforts this season by donating a portion of their state refund to the Iowa Child Abuse Prevention Program. For more information about the state income tax check off campaign, visit www.checkoffchildabuse.org.