Held annually in April, Child Abuse Prevention Month is the nationally designated month to acknowledge the importance of communities working together to prevent child abuse and neglect. Think back to your childhood. Did someone help make it great? Maybe you had a grandparent, siblings, a teacher or a coach who looked out for you. Maybe you're that person in a child's life today.
At Palmetto Place we strive to be the people in a child's life who help make it great. The people who go above and beyond to create a safe and loving environment where a child can be themselves and only worries about kid things, like homework and new friends.
Too often we see the effects of child abuse and neglect hold children back in everyday situations. We've seen kids who hoard food, because before they came to us, they didn't know when they would eat next. We've seen young children who are developmentally delayed because they didn't get the stimuli they needed as babies. We've seen teens sabotage relationships because in their experience, everyone lets them down eventually. These are just some of the reasons prevention is so important.
For more information on Child Abuse Prevention Month, resources, and ways you can get involved, click here. You can show your support throughout April by celebrating the lives you touch and those who have touched yours by honoring them with a pinwheel– the national symbol for the great childhoods all children deserve.To purchase pinwheels visit Prevent Child Abuse America.