If you opened up the newspaper or have turned on the news this past month, you have unfortunately seen several reports of child abuse across our state. These reports are always terribly sad and often frustrating but they strike an extra-sensitive nerve when they collide with Child Abuse Prevention Month.
It is clear that Iowa and local communities still have a way to go to keep all children protected. Here at Dallas County Children’s Advocacy Council we oversee funds and programs (such as sexual abuse prevention classes and parenting classes) throughout Dallas County. However, we know that just our work is not enough.
That’s why as April draws to a close we are asking that the community and each individual that lives in our county truly see and become invovled in the children’s lives that weave in and out of their own. Supporting families and building connections not only reduces the risk of child abuse and neglect, but it also mitigates the negative effects of childhood trauma.
Building a connection is as easy as reaching out to a neighbor, helping a scout group, or volunteering at your local school. Also, consider volunteering with or donating to some organizations that are already touching children’s and families lives such as Iowa State University Extension - Dallas County, Partner’s in Family Development, and Crisis Intervention & Advocacy Center.
Together we can give our children the foundation they need to reach their full potential and build a community that is safer and healthier. Because connections matter! - Dallas County Children’s Advocacy Council