April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. This month and throughout the year, M.S.U. Extension’s Welcome Newborns program and the Early Childhood Council of Delta County encourages all individuals and organizations to play a role in making Delta County a better place for families. By ensuring that parents have the knowledge, skills, and resources they need to care for their children, we can help prevent child abuse and neglect by strengthening families and communities.

Research shows that five important factors are present in healthy families. Promoting these factors is among the most effective ways to reduce the risk of child abuse and neglect. They are:

– Nurturing and attachment

– Knowledge of parenting and of child and youth development

– Parental resilience

– Social Connections

– Concrete supports for parents

“April is a time to celebrate the important role that communities play in protecting children,” said Julie Moberg, MSU Extension educator. “Everyone’s participation is critical. Focusing on ways to promote the five protective factors, in every interaction with families, is the best thing our community can do to strengthen families and prevent child abuse and neglect.”

To kick off April as Child Abuse Prevention Month, Pinwheel “Gardens” will be planted across Michigan in April.

Thousands of pinwheels will spin in courthouses, schools, libraries and city hall “gardens” in more than 28 Michigan counties throughout the month of April to call attention to the importance of child abuse and neglect prevention. The pinwheel is a national symbol for child abuse and neglect for prevention because it is reflective of the bright future all children deserve.

Weather permitting, a pinwheel garden will be planted in early April on the grounds of the Delta County Public Health Department office located at 2920 College Ave. in Escanaba.

Look for more activities in April promoting the prevention of child abuse and neglect. On April 12, the Children’s Fun Festival sponsored by the Great Start Initiative and the Early Childhood Council of Delta County will be held at the Delta Plaza Mall from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. In addition, the Great Start Parent Coalition will be holding a “Pinwheels for Prevention” sale to benefit the Welcome Newborns Program of Delta County on Thursday, April 17, at Super One in Escanaba between the hours of 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. and on Sunday, April 27, at Elmer’s Market from noon and 4 p.m.