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April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

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Daily, the Delta Family Resource Center aims to strengthen the families of Delta County by providing multiple programs, resources and educational services -- striving to "make a difference one family at a time."

This month and throughout the year, the Delta Family Center would like to encourage all individuals and organizations to play a role in making Delta County a better place for children and families. By ensuring that parents have 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 the 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, development, parental resilience, social connections, concrete supports and social/emotional well-being.

"April is a time to celebrate the important role that communities play in protecting children," said Trish Workman, Colorado Community Response (CCR) supervisor. "Everyone's participation is critical. Focusing on ways to build and promote the protective factors, in every interaction with children and families, is the best thing our community can do to prevent child maltreatment and promote optimal child development."

Please support Child Abuse Prevention Month by participating in the following events:

March 31 - April 1: In the Delta Family Center's main lobby, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., there will be literature available regarding parenting tips, child development, dealing with crisis, military family support, helplines and much more.

April 11-15: Show support by wearing a blue ribbon or blue clothing all week.

April 28: You are invited to join coffee hour, where child experts will be sharing tips and information regarding children's development, local concrete supports, and emotional/social health for the whole family. This event will be hosted at the Delta Family Center, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. If you would like to attend, please RSVP by April 25. Limited child care is available, upon reservation only.

Community support: Please place blue pinwheels outside of your home, place of business, or organization to show support and build awareness April 1-30.

Facebook: "Like" the Delta Family Center on Facebook and take a moment to review helpful articles for ideas on strengthening families.

For more information, contact Trish Workman at 874-9517. The Family Center is located at 822 Grand Avenue (the Performing Arts Center and home of BELA Preschool).

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