For over 30 years Child Abuse Prevention Councils have led the way in the effort to prevent child abuse and neglect in every county in California. The Greater Bay Area Child Abuse Prevention Council Coalition represents ten counties coordinating resources, advocating for public policy, producing conferences, and sharing best practices.
All parents experience stress from time to time. But parents can develop resilience to help them manage stressful situations and move themselves and their families toward healthy, positive outcomes.
Resilience comes through exposure to challenging life events, facilitated by supportive relationships and environments. These can be people, cultures, institutions, conditions and policies.
The outcome of resilience is positive change and growth. Resilience is when a person or family is able to successfully adapt in spite of current or past trauma.
Find those people, cultures, institutions, conditions and policies that can help you and your family. When parents ask for help, it is a step toward building resilience.
The Child Abuse Prevention Councils throughout the Greater Bay Area work to support parents and families.
PROTECTIVE FACTORS THAT STRENGTHEN FAMILIES
The Five Protective Factors have been shown to make positive outcomes more likely for young children and their families:
1. PARENTAL RESILIENCE
2. SOCIAL CONNECTIONS
3. CONCRETE SUPPORT IN TIMES OF NEED
4. KNOWLEDGE OF PARENTING & CHILD DEVELOPMENT
5. SOCIAL & EMOTIONAL COMPETENCE
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CALIFORNIA CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT REPORTING LAW
It is important for mandated reporters to keep updated on periodic amendments to the law. Your local Child Abuse Prevention Council or county welfare department has current reporting law information. Also visit leginfoca.gov for updated information on the law and any other code section referenced in this material. The California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Law is currently found in Penal Code (P.C.) Sections 11164 - 11174.3. The following is only a partial description of the law. Mandated reporters should become familiar with the detailed requirements as they are set forth in the Penal Code.
APRIL IS CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH
The national Blue Ribbon campaign began in the spring of 1989 as one woman, Bonnie Finney of Norfolk, VA, tied a ribbon to her car antenna to take a stand against child abuse after experiencing the death of her grandson. National Child Abuse Prevention Month is a time to acknowledge the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse and neglect, and to promote the social and emotional well-being of children and families. During the month of April and throughout the year, communities are encouraged to share child abuse and neglect prevention awareness strategies and activities and promote prevention across the country.
All 10 Bay Area Counties have events and awareness campaigns for the month of April.
You can also show your support by sharing #HowWeDoBlue. Partners in Prevention is inviting you to share your pictures and tell your stories about how you show your support for the cause. Let's be partners in prevention!