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Neighbors Growing Together | Aug 30, 2014

Child Abuse Prevention Month observed in April

Apr 22, 2014

The community of Fairfield is celebrating Child Abuse Prevention Month during April to raise awareness that everyone plays a role in prevention.

One event to raise awareness is for students, clubs and organizations to choose a day to wear all blue.

Community Partnerships for Protecting Children is dedicated to making Jefferson County a place where children grow up safe, nurtured and able to reach their full potential.

The CPPC is a community-based approach to child protection while supporting families and strengthening communities. Partnerships work to prevent child abuse, neglect, re-abuse, safely decrease the number of out-of-home placements, and promote timely reunification when children are placed in foster care. Its long-term focus is to protect children by changing the culture to improve child welfare processes, practices and policies.

Throughout the year, CPPC works to help caregivers gain the knowledge, skills, resources and support they need to provide healthy environments for their children.

The organization’s activities include mental health, alcohol and drug workshops; Circles of Support dinners and gatherings; family team meetings; and presentations to schools, civic groups and faith-based congregations.

For more information, contact CPPC director MaryAnn Williams at 233-0367 or ma07williams@gmail.com.

“Child Abuse Prevention Month is a time for communities to recognize the role they play in promoting the social and emotional well-being of children and families,” said Steve Scott, executive director of Prevent Child Abuse Iowa. “Creating a strong foundation in the early years of a child’s life leads to better outcomes in health, learning and productivity throughout a lifetime. By working with caregivers to prevent child abuse, we’re building a stronger community for the future.”

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