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April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

To the editor: April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. In 2009, Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina celebrates 30 years of working to make our state a better place for children and families.

North Carolina is a much bigger, diverse and more populous place than it was when PCANC started this work. North Carolina has 40 percent more children than it did 30 years ago.

This is our most vulnerable population, but also one that offers us great hope. These children are our future workers, teachers, voters, professionals and parents.

We have learned tremendous lessons about how to do our job in a way that is proven to change families, children and lives. Thirty years ago, we simply wanted to let people know child abuse existed and how to intervene after abuse had occurred. Now, we are working statewide to train professionals, educate the public and implement programs that prevent abuse before it happens.

Every child deserves a safe, healthy childhood and the opportunity to grow up to be a caring, contributing adult. The good news is child abuse is preventable through individual and community action.

Oftentimes, abuse occurs when parents find themselves in stressful situations and don’t have the parenting skills to cope. Make sure your community has evidence-based parent support programs that are proven to help parents build skills and reduce abuse.

This year, the Brunswick County Community Child Protection Team is taking time in April to focus on the importance of the entire community in building healthy children and families. The BCCCPT will be sponsoring the following events:

•The third annual Flower Launch at 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 8, at Waterfront Park in Southport. Please join our team by attending this ceremony to celebrate our families.

•The Family Resources Fair at Odell Williamson Event Center in Bolivia from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, April 23. Brunswick Resource Coalition will be sponsoring this event. There will be food, fun, entertainment, community resources and prizes.