Moline, IL – The Child Abuse Council is celebrating National Child Abuse Prevention Month during the month of April to promote the idea that, when all children have the great childhoods they deserve, the citizens of the Quad Cities will have a more prosperous future. National Child Abuse Prevention Month is a time when communities nationwide recognize the role everyone plays in preventing child abuse.
Current research shows that children who experience abuse, neglect or other traumatic events are at greater risk for poor health, learning and behavior outcomes. A survey of Iowa adults found that, compared to adults with no traumatic experiences, those who experienced four or more adverse events as children (14 percent) were more than twice as likely to rate their health poorly, five times more likely to be diagnosed with clinical depression, four times more likely to have lung disease and nearly three times more likely to have heart disease.
The Child Abuse Council works to prevent child abuse by helping caregivers manage stress, strengthen connections, learn parenting skills and access resources so that they can create stable and healthy environments for their children. Through programs focused on treatment, education, and prevention, families receive support and resources each year.
Throughout the month of April the Child Abuse Council will be celebrating by sponsoring community prevention awareness events.
On April 10, “Blueout Day,” they ask the community to wear blue to show commitment to child abuse prevention.
Child Abuse Council will also be teaming up with area organizations to plant pinwheel gardens to raise awareness and promote joyful, healthy childhoods. Below is the list of dates and times of garden dedication ceremonies.
April 1st- St. Ambrose University, 3:30 p.m. *Remarks from Sister Joan
April 11th- Rock Island Arsenal, 9:30 a.m. *Remarks from Rock Island Arsenal leadership
April 13th- Skip-a-Long Development Services, 9:00 a.m. (Rock Island center), 11:00 a.m. (Moline center), 3:00 p.m. (Davenport center)—*State Representatives and Senators have been contacted and have indicated they will attend.
You can find a complete list of Prevention Month events at http://www.childabuseqc.org/#!child-abuse-prevention-month/c4d5