Join in effort this month to prevent child abuse

Dear editor:

While the horrors of child abuse are seen on television and in newspapers almost daily, it is important for the citizens of Louisiana to know that child abuse and neglect can be prevented and that everyone has a role to play.

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, a great time for anyone who cares about Louisiana’s children to get involved.

Prevention efforts build on family strengths, helping parents develop the skills needed to understand and meet their child’s emotional, physical and developmental needs. Prevent Child Abuse Louisiana works throughout the year to provide education and awareness — the keys to preventing child abuse.

Our programs provide information and support for new and at-risk mothers, parents who want to learn to be more nurturing and anyone who has questions about how to deal with an abusive situation. We also provide training to teachers, nurses, day care workers and other professionals who are required by law to report suspected child abuse or neglect. And because we know that we cannot solve the problem alone, Prevent Child Abuse Louisiana works with community partners who share our vision of strengthening the families in our state, and who can provide other sources to those families.

This April, please join use in this vital task of preventing child abuse and neglect. Wear a blue ribbon to raise awareness of the issue. Pay attention to the families you know and love. Volunteer. Take care of your children. Ask for help when it is needed. Enroll in a parenting class. These are but a few ways that you can be part of the solution.

For more information about how to get involved in child abuse prevention efforts throughout the year, contact PCA Louisiana at 1-800-CHILDREN (244-5373). Together, we can build a brighter future for the children of Louisiana.

Ann Vogle

President & CEO Prevent Child Abuse Louisiana