Child Abuse Prevention Awareness: Before Abuse Occurs

PreventChildAbuseNJ.com: Shaken Baby Prevention
ChildWelfare.gov:
Support and Strategies For Parents and Caregivers (PDF)
Children’s Home Society of New Jersey (chsofnj.org):
Family Success Centers

National Child Abuse Prevention Month is a time to acknowledge the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse and neglect, and to promote the social and emotional well-being of children and families. Throughout the year, communities are encouraged to share child abuse and neglect prevention awareness strategies and activities and promote prevention across the country.
Prevent Child Abuse-New Jersey is a nonprofit organization that has been working to end child abuse in all of its forms for all of New Jersey’s children for more than 30 years.

PCA-NJ works to reduce the incidence of child abuse across the state “before abuse occurs” by:

  • Working with families who have been impacted by the downturn in the economy (loss of jobs, foreclosed homes etc.) to cope with the resulting stress and to find jobs.
  • Supporting teen parents across the state with programs which encourage them stay in school, get jobs, manage money, postpone the birth of additional children, and be positive and involved caregivers.
  • Teaching families how to build strong partnerships with educators to help their children achieve, learn, and fully succeed.
  • Developing and disseminating educational seminars, podcasts and online resources that help prepare new parents for the changes and challenges of having a baby.

Last year, more than a quarter of a million children reported being abused. It is up to every member of the community to work towards preventing child abuse before it happens so we can ensure happy, healthy and safe childhoods for all our children.
The Children’s Home Society of New Jersey was founded in 1894 and our mission was to find loving families for children, to protect children from harm, and to help people find better ways to be parents so they can keep their children. These three facets of our mission remain core to us today. With services ranging from pregnancy counseling to adoption, we believe we are saving children’s lives and building healthy families.

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