Posted 3/28/2019 in Parent Education & Support
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month
Regional Medical Center (RMC) Parents as Teachers (PAT) and Prevent Child Abuse Iowa are joining communities across Iowa this month in celebrating the importance of social connections and social well-being during Child Abuse Prevention Month. Agencies and individuals are encouraged to know the warning signs of children’s mental health issues to support community efforts to improve mental health development for children.
Mental health is connected to social, emotional, and cognitive development and is a foundation for a healthy life, healthy community, and healthy state. When children’s mental health needs are met, they are more likely to do better in school, graduate, and be healthy, productive adults in our community.
Caring and supportive relationships are the keys to strengthening social well-being, a primary indicator of overall health and essential factor in preventing child abuse and neglect.
“Our children are our future and if we take action not just in April but every day, we can go a long way toward creating stronger communities where abuse and neglect never occur,” said Morgan Neuhaus, Parents as Teachers Educator.
RMC Parents as Teachers works to prevent child abuse by providing the information, support, and encouragement parents need to help their children develop during the crucial early years of life. These connections help Delaware County’s children grow into healthy adults.
RMC Parents as Teachers provides face-to-face family home visits. PAT uses evidence-based model curricula to increase parent and/or caregiver knowledge in child development including intellectual, social-emotional, language and motor skills. This is achieved through providing written information, quality parent-child activities, modeling behavior, child developmental screenings and community resource connections. For more information visit regmedctr.org/pat or contact RMC Parents as Teachers at 563-927-7551.
About Prevent Child Abuse Iowa/Connections Matter
Since 1975, Prevent Child Abuse Iowa has served its mission of leading child abuse prevention efforts in Iowa by building awareness, providing assistance, and promoting advocacy. It is the only statewide organization dedicated to preventing child abuse and the only consistent voice for child abuse prevention during the state legislative session. Prevent Child Abuse Iowa manages state and federal grant programs that contribute financial support to community groups that provide services to families. Prevent Child Abuse Iowa is based in Des Moines, but has partnerships in nearly every county throughout Iowa. It is an affiliate of Prevent Child Abuse America. For more information, call 515-244-2200, or visit pcaiowa.org.
Pictured: Tina Ostrander, Delma Hardin, and Morgan Neuhaus