Child Abuse Prevention Month
Child abuse doesn't happen out of nowhere. There are many factors that can lead to it and it comes in many forms.
Victor Resource Families and Adoption is committed to providing support and programs to educate, intervene and prevent child abuse by supporting resource families and children. We also offer support to those children who may have experienced trauma as a result of child abuse.
Since April Is Child Abuse Prevention Month, we want to talk about the causes of child abuse and how it can be prevented.
This year is particularly important as child abuse is known to increase during times of crisis. We are still dedicated to serving our resource families as best we can while respecting social distancing and shelter in place regulations.
- The most common type of maltreatment is neglect.
- In Federal fiscal year (FFY) 2018, about 4.3 million reports were made to child protective services concerning the safety and well-being of approximately 7.8 million children.
- Last year, an estimated 678,000 children were found to be victims of child abuse or neglect nationwide.
There are five or six Protective Factors. These are environmental and societal contributions or factors that decrease risk and help families to function as healthy as possible.
An early experience of positive nurturing from a parent greatly impacts a child’s development.
2. Knowledge of parenting and of child and youth development
When parents are able to give affection, respectful communication and listening, and secure boundaries with safe opportunities for independence. The more parents understand these aspects of raising a child, they are more likely to do them intentionally.
3. Parental resilience
Parenting is hard, and life can be difficult sometimes. Therefore, resiliency in a parent is crucial in helping them bounce back and be there for children even when they are feeling down. A parent doesn't have to go it alone and we are here to provide community and support for our resource families.
4. Social connections
Not just for children, but for parents too. When adults have a community of other adults to support them in the raising of a child, they find it easier to parent. As the old saying goes, “It takes a village.” We are a part of many villages!
5. Concrete support
A family's ability to take care of their basic needs and also seek outside resources are better able to ensure safety and well-being for their kids. Especially in times like these, basic necessities like food and power can be a financial burden and uncertain. Be on the lookout for resources through your county and local non-profits and share any info you can.
6. Social and emotional competence of children
It starts early. A positive relationship with their guardian affects all aspects of their behavioral development. This can also be serviced by teachers, resource family guardians, and other important adults in a child's life.
Resource Families and Foster Care
It is no small thing to raise and care for a child. We are so thankful for our resource families for being a positive and safe place where children can reside when removed from their biological relatives.
Our families are committed to being a positive place for the youth they care for and we are proud to help them as we all look to prevent and break the cycle of child abuse.