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Shining a Light: Child Abuse Prevention Month

April 21, 2024

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is a significant month for HELP for KIDS and organizations alike, as it marks Child Abuse Prevention Month. This dedicated time serves as a poignant reminder of the ongoing effort to address and prevent child abuse and neglect. 

At HELP for KIDS, based in Stamford, CT, we are deeply committed to this cause, striving to break the cycle of abuse and provide essential support to families in and around Fairfield County.

Education is Key: Understanding Child Abuse

Raising awareness about the signs of abuse, the importance of nurturing parenting practices, and the resources available for support are essential in preventing child abuse. Through educational initiatives and support programs, we empower individuals and communities to recognize and respond to instances of abuse early on.

Empowering Families: Our Programs and Services

At HELP for KIDS, we offer a comprehensive range of programs and services designed to support families and prevent child abuse:

  1. Healthy Families America (HFA): Our HFA program is a leading family support and evidence-based home visiting initiative. We believe in nurturing early relationships to lay the foundation for healthy development. Through HFA, we support expectant parents and families with newborns, focusing on healthy pregnancies, strong parent-child relationships, and positive parenting practices.
  2. 24/7 Dad Program: The 24/7 Dad® program is an acclaimed, evidence-based fatherhood program utilized nationwide. Our program aims to cultivate pro-fathering attitudes, knowledge, and skills among fathers of all demographics. Through the 24/7 Dad® curriculum, participants explore their developmental history, learn essential parenting skills, and develop strategies for effective co-parenting and child discipline. Our goal is to empower fathers to excel in their parenting roles and foster nurturing family environments.
  3. The Exchange Club Parent Aide Program (EPA): Our EPA program offers home-based support to families in Fairfield County, CT as we address critical areas such as child safety, health, education, and housing. Our Parent Educators utilize the evidence-backed National Exchange Club model to assess family needs comprehensively. By teaching positive parenting skills and guiding families in resource navigation, we promote family well-being and reduce the risk of out-of-home placements due to neglect or abuse.
  4. Community Events and Programs: Through our diverse programs and events in Connecticut, we engage families, professionals, and communities to prevent child abuse and foster healthy family dynamics. Our offerings include parent support groups, school-based workshops for academic success, and a Parent Project for managing adolescent behavior.
  5. Diaper Distribution Program: In collaboration with Stamford Health and the Diaper Bank of Connecticut, HELP for KIDS operates a diaper distribution center at our Stamford office. This joint effort is dedicated to assisting families facing challenges in fulfilling their children’s essential needs.

Coming Together: Community Action for Prevention

Child Abuse Prevention Month is a time for communities to unite and take action. Whether volunteering, participating in educational events, or spreading awareness, every action counts. Together, we can make a difference and create a world where every child is safe, loved, and protected.

As we observe Child Abuse Prevention Month, let’s raise our voices, stand up for children, and work towards a future free from abuse and neglect. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of children and families in Fairfield County, CT, and beyond. Thank you for joining us in this vital mission!

Support HELP for KIDS today!

At HELP for KIDS in Stamford, CT, we’re dedicated to preventing child abuse and fostering healthier, happier families. Through education and support, we empower parents and caregivers with essential skills to create safer environments for children to thrive. Join us in our mission to build stronger communities and brighter futures. Contact us today to learn how you can make a difference.