The Child Parent Institute (CPI) along with Prevent Child Abuse Sonoma County (PCA-SC) recognizes the importance of social connections, supportive environments, and positive experiences for all children and families during Child Abuse Prevention (CAP) Month in April.
This month and throughout the year, Child Parent Institute encourages all community members and organizations to play a role in making Sonoma County 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.
“April is a time to celebrate the important role that communities play in protecting children and strengthening families,” said Robin Bowen, Child Parent Institute, Executive Director. “Everyone’s participation is essential. Investing in ways to support families is the best thing we can do to strengthen families and prevent child abuse and neglect.”
Children and families are facing unprecedented stress during the pandemic. But we know there are programs, strategies and policies that are proven to strengthen families.
“Science tells us that connections matter,” said Bowen. “Our work to build social connections, stable foundations, supportive communities, and strong families where all children can thrive has never been more important than it is now as Sonoma County families grapple with additional stressors from the COVID-19 pandemic.”
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. They are:
• Nurturing and attachment
• Knowledge of parenting and of child and youth development
• Parental resilience
• Social connections
• Concrete supports for parents
• Social and emotional competence of children