FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, April 4, 2018
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Cabell County FRN, organizations promoting child abuse prevention events, resources during April
good beginnings campaign promotes healthy childhoods
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Every child deserves a good beginning.
Each year, the Cabell County Family Resource Network (FRN) and its partners participate in campaigns centered on child abuse prevention. West Virginia governor Jim Justice officially declared the month of April as Child Abuse Prevention Month across the state.
Every April during Child Abuse Prevention Month, Partners in Prevention organizations in conjunction with Prevent Child Abuse West Virginia plant pinwheel gardens in honor of children in their communities. According to Prevent Child Abuse America, people around the country are often involved in activities or actions that make a difference without even realizing it, and during April the organization is committed to shining a light on these kind of actions in order to help show that they are occurring nationwide and being undertaken by people from all demographics.
The pinwheel serves as the physical embodiment of the great childhoods we want for all children and represents efforts to ensure the healthy development of children. It is not used to represent children who have been abused or who have died as a result of abuse or neglect. It serves as a symbol of hope for great childhoods all children deserve because our children are our future.
This April, the Cabell County FRN will participate in several pinwheel garden plantings, as well as other community-oriented events. On April 3, The Huntington Mall and the Cabell County FRN hosted the Good Beginnings Pinwheel Garden planting with Club McFinn Junior preschoolers. In addition, Friday, April 6 is “Wear Blue Day.” The Cabell County FRN asks the community at large to join the efforts in supporting children across West Virginia by wearing blue on this day.
“While this is a vital month to spread awareness about child abuse prevention, we don’t just stop there,” said Debra Harris Bowyer, Cabell FRN Coordinator. “We focus on each child’s first 1,000 days by giving parents, caregivers and others the information they need to give the children in their lives a healthy beginning.”
The Cabell County FRN’s rendition of child abuse prevention awareness is the Good Beginnings Last a Lifetime campaign. It promotes children growing up in safe, healthy, nurturing environments in Cabell County by focusing on an awareness campaign to promote the importance of the First 1,000 Days of a child’s life.
The core principles of the Good Beginnings Last a Lifetime campaign include:
- Understand how a child grows and develops.
- Help a child identify his or her feelings.
- Spend caring “quality” time with them.
- Be strong in times of stress.
- Have positive relationships with parents helping parents.
- Know how to find help when you need it.
In addition, the Cabell County FRN utilizes training through creative methods to promote protective factors that mitigate risk factors. Events focus on community partner engagement for a middle school girl’s empowerment event, bullying prevention, and pro-social skills for preschoolers and their parents.
WV Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline: 1-800-352-6513 (24 hours a day – 7 days a week) Note: For serious physical abuse or sexual abuse, also contact the state police & local law enforcement.