After Dorothy spun through the tornado and sailed over the rainbow, she landed in a strange Technicolor-ful place and said those memorable words to Toto: “I have a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.” Imagine how young Dorothy felt, finding herself lost and alone in a strange place. Luckily, she quickly found a team of supportive friends, and together they danced down the Yellow Brick Road in search of the Wizard.
Many of the families that we serve at the Child Abuse Prevention Center also find themselves lost and along, living in isolation, which can lead not to Oz but to a dark place of child abuse or neglect. Some are isolated by geography, leaving family members and friends in another city; some are isolated by poverty or language barriers; others by mental illness, and some due to the shame of generational abuse or domestic violence, not knowing where to turn, how to seek help, or who they can tell.
Parenting is an extremely stressful job and our staff members often see that isolated parents have no other outlet for that stress except to take it out on the family. The programs of the Child Abuse Prevention Center provide parents with in home parenting skills and counseling to prevent abuse, but also help to connect isolated parents to the community. We offer community resources or referrals to other services, like health care, clinics, food, basic needs, and support groups. Through in-home visits, our program caseworkers get to know each family and can help them with their specific needs.
Continue with us on our journey to “An Evening in Emerald City,” our 20th Annual Bright Futures Celebration on March 10th at 6:00pm at the Balboa Bay Resort in Newport Beach, as we raise funds to support more families at risk of abuse or neglect. Tickets are on sale now for this spectacular event.