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April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

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Protective factors are conditions in families and communities that, when present, increase the health and well-being of children and families. They are attributes that serve as buffers, helping parents who might otherwise be at risk of abusing their children to find resources, supports, or coping strategies that allow them to parent effectively, even under stress.

Research has shown that these protective factors are linked to a lower incidence of child abuse and neglect.

Nurturing and Attachment

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Preventing Child Maltreatment and Promoting Well-Being: A Network for Action 2013 Resource Guide supports service providers in their work withparents, caregivers, and their children to strengthen families and prevent child abuse and neglect. It focuses on the six protective factors, which have been proven to reduce the risk of abuse and neglect, and provides tools and strategies to integrate the protective factors into existing programs and systems.

dividerDownload the 2013 Resource Guide

 

Chapter 1

Laying the Groundwork

Information about the research and theory on which the Resource Guide is based, including a framework for understanding child well-being, protective factors that help reduce child abuse and neglect, and strategies for creating lasting change in how communities support families

Chapter 2

Working With Families: The Six Protective Factors

Detailed information about each of the protective factors and tips for infusing them into programs and direct practice with families and children (Read in Spanish)

Chapter 3

Engaging Your Community

Strategies to help build community awareness and support the development of broad-based community partnerships

Chapter 4

Protecting Children

Information about why child abuse occurs, risk factors, consequences, identifying and reporting maltreatment, and supporting parents and children with a history of trauma

Chapter 5

Tip Sheets for Parents and Caregivers

Strengths-based tip sheets on specific parenting topics that can be used in discussions or visits with caregivers, along with a calendar of activities for Child Abuse Prevention Month

Chapter 6

Resources

Contact information for private and Federal partners working nationally to strengthen families

 

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All fourteen English tip sheets
(PDF – 1367 KB)

Keeping Your Family Strong
(PDF – 1160 KB)

Bonding With Your Baby
(PDF – 1030 KB)

Dealing With Temper Tantrums
(PDF – 1062 KB)

Parenting Your School-Age Child
(PDF – 1067 KB)

Connecting With Your Teen
(PDF – 1066 KB)

Teen Parents … You’re Not Alone!
(PDF – 1066 KB)

Ten Ways to Be a Better Dad
(PDF – 1053 KB)

Raising Your Grandchildren
(PDF – 1032 KB)

Military Families (PDF – 1126 KB)

How to Develop Strong Communities (PDF – 1052 KB)

Parenting Your Child With Developmental Delays and Disabilities (PDF – 1181 KB)

Managing Stress (PDF – 1050 KB)

Managing Your Finances (PDF – 1078 KB)

Helping Your Child Heal From Trauma (PDF – 1050 KB)

FOR MORE INFORMATION CLICK HERE:

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. —

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Throughout the month, organizations for children will be holding events to raise awareness about the issue.

Child abuse is a serious problem in Florida, according to Lonnie Parizek with Ounce of Prevention Fund of Florida. She says that in Florida alone last year, there were 53,000 cased of child abuse and neglect, which was 145 cases every day. In 2012, two children died from abuse and neglect every week, and that’s in Florida alone, according to Parziek.

“That’s the bad news.The good news is that research shows that child abuse can be prevented every effectively.” Parziek said.

To spread information about those methods of prevention, organizers are holding several events across the state.

One of those events is Pinwheels for Prevention. For more information, click here. Another event is Children’s Day at the Capitol. For more information, click here.

For more information about an Ounce of Prevention Fund of Florida, click here.

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Alcohol Awareness Month –

April 2013

Posted on March 24, 2013 by Lisa Frederiksen •

April –is an annual celebration founded and sponsored by the NCADD (National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence) to increase public awareness and understanding aimed at reducing the stigma that too often prevents individuals and families from seeking help. 2013 marks the 27th year of this annual celebration.

This year, BreakingTheCycles.com is taking a slightly different approach to its celebration of Alcohol Awareness Month – namely taking this opportunity to raise awareness about the “family-ness” of alcohol misuse – both those that misuse and those affected by Secondhand Drinking (SHD).

Secondhand Drinking is a term to describe the impacts on a person who is on the receiving end of someone’s drinking behaviors. Drinking Behaviors are the behaviors a person engages in as a result of excessive alcohol changing brain function (see brain images at end of post). These brain changes are caused by a variety of drinking patterns ranging from binge drinking to heavy social drinking to alcohol abuse to alcoholism. These drinking behaviors include:
– drunken arguments
– physical fights
– verbal, physical or emotional abuse, neglect, bullying
– driving while impaired, riding in a car with an impaired driver, getting a DUI
– unprotected, unwanted, unplanned sex, sexual assault
– problems at work or in school
– domestic violence.

As an example, secondhand drinking is what happens to the spouse and children of the veteran who turns to alcohol after his/her tour of duty ends – alcohol to relieve his untreated PTSD (1), s/he’ll never find a job and confused feelings about returning to civilian life. His/her abuse of alcohol, untreated PTSD and the combination thereof changes his/her behaviors drastically. This throws his/her family into a tailspin as they all jockey for what to do to make him/her want to stop or get help. It’s what happens to that veteran’s son at school after a particularly rough night of parental arguing about the drinking, when he can’t concentrate in class and is embarrassed by his schoolmate’s snicker when he fails to answer the teacher’s question. He’s fuming by recess and tracks his classmate down, punching him in the face. For that he’s sent to the office, only to have his parents called because he’s a behavioral problem – again.

It’s what happens to the husband whose wife repeatedly promises to stop or cut down but every night can’t keep her promise. When he confronts her, she starts her offensive attacks on something he has or has not done as the reason for her drinking, causing him to go on the defensive and engage in the crazy, convoluted arguments that ensue. He rehashes these arguments over and over in his mind the next day while at work, unable to complete the task at hand, which holds up the next stage of the project on which his team is working.

Secondhand drinking is what happens to the boss whose life and the life of his daughter and the lives of every member of his immediate and extended family are shattered when his daughter is paralyzed in a head-on collision caused by a drunk driver. As you can see, SHD can be a one-time event, but its ripple effects will last a lifetime causing physical and emotional outcomes unfathomable to most.

Secondhand drinking is real. It hurts. And it can forever change a person’s life (at least until they understand it and can treat/change it). This is especially true if they are the family member or close friend who, over the course of their ongoing exposure to SHD, become victims, suffering their own consequential physical and emotional impairments. They often experience quality-of-life changes that are beyond a “healthy” person’s comprehension. See The Health Consequences of Secondhand Drinking.

The heartening news is that understanding the causes of secondhand drinking (namely another person’s alcohol misuse, brain changes and subsequent drinking behaviors) is helping people (especially family members and children) learn what it takes to protect their emotional and physical health.

Since NO ONE SETS OUT to cause secondhand drinking and NO ONE SETS OUT to cope with it in unhealthy ways, BreakingThe Cycles.com’s 2013 Alcohol Awareness Month celebration will run posts throughout the month to raise awareness about this “family-ness” of alcohol misuse and secondhand drinking. Topics will include:

  • Screening for Secondhand Drinking
  • Screening for Alcohol Misuse
  • Understanding Drinking Patterns and What It Takes to Cross The Line from Use to Abuse to Dependence
  • Getting Help for Secondhand Drinking
  • Getting Help for Alcohol Misuse
  • How to Talk and What to Say to Children About a Family Member’s Drinking

And if you prefer the more traditional celebrations of April as National Alcohol Awareness Month, click on this link for logos, proclamations, press releases, background information, etc., as provided by NCADD.

 

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RESOURCES

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Background Information 
– Neuroscience for Kids – Alcohol (UWEB)
– Facts about Alcohol Poisoning (NIAAA)
– Frequently Asked Questions (NIAAA)
– Alcohol and Your Health: The Pros and Cons (MayoClinic)
– Snapshot of Drinking Consequences(NIAAA)
– Information for Specific Audiences(LKCAF)

Interactive Tools
– Alcohol Calorie Calculator (NIAAA)
– Alcohol Quiz (British School of Motoring)
– Alcohol-use: The cost of crossing the line(MayoClinic)

Resources for Educators
– Substance Abuse Prevention Training(SAMHSA)
– Understanding Alcohol: Investigations into Biology and Behavior (NIAAA NIH)
– Prevention Education Tools (SAMHSA)
– Brief Interventions (NIAAA)

Resources for Students
– the cool spot: young teen’s place for info on alcohol (NIAAA)
– Tips for Teens (NCADIHHS)
– A Message for Teenagers (AA)
– Body Effect (ALAC New Zealand)
– Just for Kids (NACOA)
– (SAMHSA)
– Your Life: Your Choice (2learn.ca)

Help for Individuals
– Getting Help (NIAAA)
– Substance Abuse Help for Individuals(SAMHSA)
– Just for Kids (National Association for Children of Alcoholics)