This post is sponsored by PreventChildAbuse.org
Child Abuse Prevention Month is a great time to reflect. We are coming out of a two-year global pandemic where nerves were raw, families were stuck in close quarters together, and added stress was at an all-time high.
What we can do, right now:
-Ask for help if you need it. I got lucky and was able to move into a community where we look after each other and our kids. If you see something, say something, but in a way that is supportive of your neighbor, not judgmental.
-Reach out in your community, and the surrounding communities. Educate ourselves regarding the tools available and share that information. Prevent Child Abuse America (PCAAmerica) offers the Healthy Family America home visiting service. Get that information out to the neighborhoods that need it the most.
-Volunteer at a shelter, foodbank, or other community service. My 87-year-old mom helps out at the foodbank at her local synagogue. It helps to give her purpose, and it gives my dad a few hours break from his wife of 66 years!
-We have elected leaders at all levels, and in NYC, whenever they want my vote, they appear in my neighborhood. Come armed with knowledge and ask them to advocate for support for families that need extra help and family-friendly policies like paid leave and child tax credits. Let them know if they want your vote, they have to earn it with policies that support the community.
–Donate to organizations like PCA America that help!
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Make sure to help on April 27th, Digital Advocacy Day!
This is the PCA America’s third annual Digital Advocacy Day. Visit the webpage to find out simple ways for you to support children and families, so all young folks have a fighting chance at the best possible life!
It’s a day to ask for support from your elected representatives. This year’s goal is to get the bipartisan Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV Program) reauthorized, and to increase its funding. We can help to educate our lawmakers, we are the voters, we can effect change by contacting these folks and asking for money and telling them exactly how it will help to prevent child abuse, which can then save millions of dollars in social costs. And it produces useful members of society, who will then vote! Let these Congresspeople see this is a win-win for themselves, and for our society!
-April is my birthday month. Throughout the year I see all my Facebook friends’ birthdays, and always send well wishes. Sometimes I donate to their causes. I will be fundraising for PCA America this year, feel free to support as well by planting a pinwheel!
-Designate a portion of funds from any community fundraiser to help this cause!
-Support your family, friends, and community!
Don’t be shy, get out into your community! We are all in this together!
A huge milestone for our blended family, our son becomes a man!