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Posted on: April 12, 2016

[ARCHIVED] We All Can Play a Part in Building Community, Building Hope

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

LANDOVER, MD –The Prince George’s County Department of Social Services announced today that it will commemorate National Child Abuse Prevention Month, which began April 1, with a county-wide awareness campaign which is designed to build thriving communities that support healthy kids and strong families, all of which can help prevent child abuse and neglect before it ever occurs. Our goal is to engage communities in protecting children, our most precious resource. The campaign will include social media marketing, collateral material distributions, seminars and other community events.

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. This month and throughout the year, the Department of Social Services encourages all individuals and organizations to play a role in making Prince Georges’ County 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 making meaningful connections with children, youth and families in our communities.

Research shows that protective factors are present in healthy families. Promoting these factors is among the most effective ways to reduce the risk of child abuse and neglect. They are:

•Nurturing and attachment
• Knowledge of parenting and of child and youth development
• Parental resilience
• Social connections
• Concrete supports for parents
• Social and emotional competence of children

“April is a time to celebrate the important role that communities play in protecting children and strengthening families,” said Gloria L. Brown, Director of the Prince George’s County Department of Social Services. “Everyone’s participation is critical. Focusing on ways to connect with families is the best thing our community can do to strengthen families and prevent child abuse and neglect. By continuing to educate our community on what constitutes abuse, neglect and exploitation, these crimes in our County and throughout the national will significantly decrease.” The Prince George’s County Department of Social Services provides intervention services that strengthen families, protect children and vulnerable adults, encourage self-sufficiency and promote personal responsibility.

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