GENESEO – The Livingston County Board of Supervisors has proclaimed the month of April 2021 as “Child Abuse Prevention Month.”

During this month and throughout the year, Livingston County is dedicated to supporting families through prevention efforts, thereby reducing the risk of child abuse and neglect in our communities, the board said in a news release.

The proclamation states:

“Livingston County believes all children need safe, stable, nurturing homes and communities to foster their healthy growth and development. Child abuse and neglect result in physical and psychological trauma that survivors carry with them for the rest of their lives.

“Prevention through practical measures and programs mitigate the factors contributing to abuse and neglect.

“Strategies succeed because of partnerships created among citizens, social service agencies, schools, faith based organizations, health care providers, civic organizations, law enforcement agencies, and the business community.

“Communities that make every effort to promote preventive programs that benefit children and their families and provide parents with the social support, knowledge of parenting and child development and concrete resources to help them cope with stress make a strong commitment to reducing child abuse and ensuring all children grow to their full potential. ...

“By working together as a community, we can all play a part in strengthening families and promoting children’s well-being. ...”

Through this collaboration, prevention services and supports help protect children and produce thriving families, according to the Children’s Bureau, a division of the federal Department of Health and Human Services.

State and local child protective services agencies provided prevention services to about 2 million children in 2019, according to the Bureau’s 2019 Child Maltreatment Report, the most recent available.

The report’s data includes only services provided or funded by state and local CPS agencies. It does not include data from the thousands of community-based agencies that offer additional services to families to help keep children safe and help their families thrive.

Resources

Children’s Bureau: For tips and strategies in preventing child abuse and promoting child and family well being, go to https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/preventing/promoting/.

CASA-Trinity Inc.: In addition to substance use prevention, treatment and recovery services to youth and families, the agency offers social emotional learning programming, parent-based programs and brief intervention services for youth. Go to www.casa-trinity.org

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Livingston County offers a free parenting and family education series, youth development and education programs, child passenger safety and traffic safety education, nutrition education. Go to www.ccelivingstoncounty.org

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