April is Child Abuse Prevention Month
Childhood experiences, both positive and negative, have a tremendous impact on future violence victimization and perpetration, and lifelong health and opportunity. The research behind adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) has shown that abuse, neglect, household dysfunction, and violence increases the risk for poor health outcomes later in life and can limit opportunities to become productive and self sufficient.
Pinwheels for Prevention, a national campaign designed to increase awareness of child abuse prevention efforts is Florida’s statewide coordinated effort to highlight programs and activities that promote healthy child development and prevention of child abuse. The campaign, coordinated by Prevent Child Abuse (PCA) Florida, the Ounce of Prevention Fund of Florida and the Florida Department of Children and Families, creates awareness of the proven ideas that child abuse can be prevented.
PCA Florida believes all families deserve to live in communities that have adequate resources to support families and provide opportunities for healthy growth and developmental experiences for children.
For resources such as parenting tools, water safety, injury prevention, safe sleep and much more, visit: www.ounce.org/prevention_resources.html.
Learn the six protective factors that parents and communities should have to ensure for child abuse.
On April 1st, the City of Weston presented a proclamation to the Guardian ad Litem program to honor April 2019 as Child Abuse Prevention and Volunteer Appreciation Month. For more than 36 years, the Guardian ad Litem Program has provided independent advocacy for hundreds of thousands of children throughout the state of Florida. To become a Guardian ad Litem in Broward County, visit: voicesbroward.org/gal/.