Affinity Supports Child Abuse Prevention Month

March 31, 2015 by Molly Huff

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. This month and throughout the year, Affinity Clinic encourages all individuals and organizations to play a role in making Tifton and the surround communities 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 promote children’s social and emotional well-being and prevent child maltreatment within families and communities.

Research shows that when parents possess six protective factors, the risk for neglect and abuse diminish and optimal outcomes for children, youth, and families are promoted. These six protective factors are:

  • Nurturing and attachment
  • Knowledge of parenting and of child and youth development
  • Parental resilience
  • Social connections
  • Concrete supports for parents
  • Social and emotional developmental well-being

April is a time to celebrate the important role that communities play in protecting children, and 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.

If you suspect child abuse (as a concerned parent, teacher or any adult observing suspicious behavior), please contact the National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-422-4453 (1-800-4-A-Child). Also, there are multiple resources for children of abuse and for parents seeking help through Tift County’s Division of Family and Children Services.

Affinity and Affinity Pediatrics serve as proud and dedicated advocates for all children. Contact us with any questions. (link to contact us on both Affinity and Affinity Pediatrics’ sites)

Source: Child Welfare Information Gateway/U.S. Department of Health & Human Services