We All Play a Part
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. This month and throughout the year, the Traverse Bay Children’s Advocacy Center encourages all individuals and organizations to play a role in making the Grand Traverse Region a better place for children and families. By ensuring that parents have the knowledge, skills, and resources they need to care for their children, we can help promote children’s social and emotional well-being and prevent child maltreatment within families and communities.
Research shows that when parents possess six protective factors, the risk for neglect and abuse diminish and optimal outcomes for children, youth, and families are promoted. The six protective factors are:
- Nurturing and attachment
- Knowledge of parenting and of child and youth development
- Parental resilience
- Social connections
- Concrete supports for parents
- Social and emotional developmental well-being
April is a time to celebrate the important role that communities play in protecting children. Everyone’s involvement makes a difference. By focusing on ways to strengthen the protective factors in every interaction with children and families, we can help to prevent child maltreatment and promote optimal child development.
Learn more by attending a TBCAC Community Prevention Seminar.