Lake Cumberland

Community Action Agency, Inc.

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

Commit to Prevent Child Abuse The blue and silver pinwheels are a national symbol for the great childhoods all children deserve. Each child deserves a safe and healthy environment. As adults, it is our responsibility to learn how to protect children from abuse and neglect. Kentucky’s child abuse rate ranked second in the nation in 2015, according to a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services report released in January and highlighted by Norton Children’s Hospital. Be part of the solution.

1. Be a nurturing parent. Children need to know that they are special, loved and capable of following their dreams.

2. Help a friend, neighbor or relative. Being a parent isn’t easy. Offer a helping hand take care of the children, so the parent(s) can rest or spend time together.

3. Help yourself. When the big and little problems of your everyday life pile up to the point you feel overwhelmed and out of control – take time out. Don’t take it out on your kid.

4. If your baby cries… It can be frustrating to hear your baby cry. Learn what to do if your baby won’t stop crying. Never shake a baby – shaking a child may result in severe injury or death.

5. Get involved. Ask your community leaders, clergy, library and schools to develop services to meet the needs of healthy children and families.

6. Help to develop parenting resources at your local library. Find out whether your local library has parenting resources, and if it does not, offer to help obtain some.

7. Promote programs in school. Teaching children, parents and teachers prevention strategies can help to keep children safe.

8. Monitor your child’s television, video, and internet viewing/usage. Excessively watching violent films, TV programs, and videos can harm young children.

9. Volunteer at a local child abuse prevention program. For information about volunteer opportunities, call 1.800.CHILDREN or contact:

10. Report suspected abuse or neglect. If you have reason to believe a child has been or may be harmed, call your local department of children and family services or your local police department. Emergency contacts can be found at the top of the page.

 

*Adapted from Prevent Child Abuse America.

 

Community Action Agencies (CAAs) are nonprofit private and public organizations established under the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 to fight America's War on Poverty. Community Action Agencies help people to help themselves in achieving self-sufficiency. Today there are approximately 1000 Community Action Agencies, serving the poor in every state as well as Puerto Rico and the Trust Territories.

 

We serve the following Counties in South Central Kentucky
Adair - Casey - Clinton - Cumberland - Green - McCreary - Pulaski - Russell - Taylor - Wayne

 

 

Central Office

23 Industry Drive
P.O. Box 830
Jamestown, KY 42629
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Phone: (270) 343-4600
Fax: (270) 343-2800

Alicia K. Polston, CPA
Executive Director