April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time for the community to focus on this important issue and recall how each and every one of us can help protect children from abuse or neglect. Here are a few simple ideas how to get involved and protect the most vulnerable in our community, our children.
Set a Good Example. Children need adults to model kindness, love, and respect in order to grow up to be good citizens and parents to their children.
Reach out to a Neighbor. Isolation, poverty, and depression can trigger feelings that can lead to abuse. Talk to those around you to let them know they are not alone and offer your help.
Listen to Children. Break down the barriers of secrecy. Trust and kindness can provide a child an outlet to tell you their story.
Teach your Children. Talk to your children to distinguish between appropriate and inappropriate behavior of the adults around them.
Know the Signs. Any unexplained injuries, sudden changes in behavior, or fear of going home could be signs of child abuse.
Take Action. If you suspect any child is experiencing abuse or neglect, do something!
If you suspect that a child is in trouble, please help by calling Child Protective Services at (714) 940-1000 or (800) 422-4453. You can choose to remain anonymous if you prefer.