To the Editor:
Every year April is designated as Child Abuse Prevention month. The solution to ending child abuse is up to all of us. Everyone in Hamilton County can and should do all they can to prevent child abuse, because protecting children is everyone's business.
Being a parent is a tough job. At times, it can be rather overwhelming. We want everyone to know that it's okay to ask for help. Prevent Child Abuse Iowa and Building Families are teaming up to provide support for families in Hamilton County.
PCA Iowa is the only nonprofit organization with the mission of ending child abuse in the entire state of Iowa. PCA Iowa's goal is for Iowa to become a place where children are valued, living in families that are nurturing and safe. PCA Iowa seeks to ensure that parents receive the social support, respite child care, and education they need to be good parents.
Here in Hamilton County, Building Families is funded by a grant from Prevent Child Abuse Iowa to provide parent education services like Positive Solutions for Families held at Pleasant View Elementary School from 5:30 to 7 p.m April 7 and 14, Stork's Nest, located at the Webster City Upper Des Moine Opportunity office, the Period of PURPLE Crying/Shaken Baby training held in Webster City April 18 and the Prevent Child Abuse Iowa Council. The next PCAI Council meeting will be Tuesday at 3 p.m. at the Building Families offices. Building Families serves children and families through these projects.
As individuals and as a community, it is essential that we support and encourage parents and families. To learn how you can help, contact Building Families, Amy Muller, 832-1791 ext 202, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.buildingfamilies.net.
Please partner with Building Families and Prevent Child Abuse Iowa to promote and support safe, healthy families and help create a community that truly values all children. April's observance of Child Abuse Prevention month reminds us all of our collective responsibility to do all we can to protect children. Remember "Protecting Children is Everyone's Business."