On Wednesday, March 22nd, Mayor David Stewart signed a proclamation making the month of April NATIONAL CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT PREVENTION MONTH in Newport. This was done to urge all citizens to recognize this month and dedicate ourselves to the task of improving the quality of life for all children and families. Within the proclamation, Mayor Stewart noted that child abuse and neglect is a serious problem affecting every segment of our community, and finding solutions requires input and action from everyone in the community. Our children are the most valuable resources and will shape the future of Newport. The long-term psychological, emotional, and physical effects can have lifelong consequences for victims of child abuse. Effective child abuse prevention activities succeed because of the meaningful connections and partnerships created between child welfare, education, health, community, faith-based organizations, businesses and law enforcement agencies. Pictured with Mayor David Stewart are representatives from CASA, Department of Social Services, Unity Health, Newport School District and ASUN.

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. This month and throughout the year, CASA and many organizations encourage individuals and organizations to play a role in making Newport a better place for children and families. By ensuring that parents have the knowledge, skills, and resources they need to care for their children, we can help prevent child abuse and neglect by making meaningful connections with children, youth and families in our communities.

Research shows that protective factors are present in healthy families. Promoting these factors is among the most effective ways to reduce the risk of child abuse and neglect. These factors include nurturing and attachment, knowledge of parenting and of child and youth development, parental resilience, social connections, concrete supports for parents, and social and emotional competence of children.

April is a time to celebrate the important role that communities play in protecting children and strengthening families,” states Judy Felts. “Everyone’s participation is critical. Focusing on ways to connect with families is the best thing our community can do to strengthen

In support of these efforts, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Children’s Bureau, Office on Child Abuse and Neglect, its Child Welfare Information Gateway, the FRIENDS, National Center for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention and over 30 National Prevention Partners have created 2016/2017 Prevention Resource Guide: Building Community, Building Hope. This resource guide can be found online at https://childwelfare.com/topics/preventing/preventionmonth/resource-guide/