April marks the start of National Child Abuse Prevention Month around the country. Since 1984, the United States has observed National Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time for communities to focus on supporting and building the emotional and social well being of all families and children in their communities. It is also a time to acknowledge that child abuse can be prevented by communities and families working together.
This April also marks the 40th Anniversary of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA). CAPTA was a revolutionary bill establishing systems and funding to fight child abuse. It allowed states to receive federal funding to prevent, assess, investigate, and prosecute child abuse. In addition, the original CAPTA provided grants for demonstration programs and projects to both public agencies and nonprofit organizations. Since CAPTA was originally written in 1974, it has been amended many times to add provisions to further protect children and support building healthy families and communities.
The theme and focus of this April's Child Abuse and Prevention Month is "Making Meaningful Connections." A conference on this topic will be held April 30th - May 2nd at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in New Orleans. Communities and organizations will be holding events near you focused on how to make meaningful connections and how this can help prevent child abuse.
There are many ways we can make meaningful connections and use those connections to prevent child abuse.
- A large aspect of preventing child abuse is building healthy families in our community, and having resources in our community to help others.
- Organizations and nonprofits can make meaningful connections by sharing their resources with a large population of people.
- People who work in education can make meaningful connections by building relationships with children and families and using those connections to connect families with resources when they need help.
- It can also be as simple as letting the people around you know that you are there for them and support them.
- Preventing child abuse can be as simple as making sure that all families are supported and taken care of in our communities.
If you want to make meaningful connections and help prevent child abuse through your work, there are many meaningful careers where you can work directly on reducing and eliminating child abuse and supporting families.
- There are many job opportunities in careers such as behavioral health, social work, counseling, welfare work and non profit work where your daily work can benefit and help improve the lives of children and families in your community.
- Behavioral Health Specialists can also help prevent child abuse in a variety of ways. They work directly with patients and offer services and counseling to help with a wide range of areas such as cognitive, emotional, and motivational interactions.
- Social Workers are able to help children and families that are in need by providing resources and help on the front line. Some social workers help make meaningful connections by providing families in need with access to benefits such as food stamps, housing assistance and medical care. Other social workers work directly with children and families who are currently experiencing abuse or neglect, and helps direct them to the resources that they need to heal.
There is always a need for Social Workers and Behavioiral Health Specialists and we can help you find a place to put your skills to work. If you would like to consider a career in any of the above fields, or if you are already trained and would like to work in any of those fields, please contact Staffing Plus. We look forward to helping you find a meaningful career.
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