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Child Abuse Survival Guide

April is Child Abuse Prevention

#Healthyhappy&Safe #Pink&BlueFridays

April is Child Abuse Awareness Month.
This year, Center for Children needs your help in spreading Awareness about child abuse in order to help make our mission a reality for many children right in our own communities

Join the Conversation
Help us spread the word and use hashtags to increase our visibility and promote a community conversation about effective child abuse prevention efforts and encourage you to do the same! We’ll be using the following hashtags: #Healthyhappy&safe, #HappyChildhoods, #Centerforchildren, #Keepkidssafe and #Pink&BlueFridays.
Take Part in this Campaign
Please take part in our two social media campaigns: #Pink&BlueFridays and #HealthyHappy&Safe.
· For #Pink&BlueFridays every Friday during the month of April post a photo of you and your colleagues wearing Pink and or Blue with a brief explanation of why you’re wearing these colors
(to raise awareness for the #HappyChildhoods all children deserve).
·  For #HealthyHappy&Safe, post a photo or photos throughout April of you and your colleagues with your Center for Children Healthy, Happy & Safe wristbands with a brief explanation of what they are (a symbol that you stand with Center for Children in the fight against child abuse) and challenge others to join the movement!

Center for Children will personally deliver your #HealthyHappy&Safe wristbands to your office to share with your team. Simply email development@center-for-children.org


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There are many ways we can work to prevent child abuse among our children. Knowing the signs and reporting suspicions of child abuse could save a life.  Below are links to other helpful information about child abuse and ways to help maintain a healthy environment for children and teens to grow. For more information please visit one of our locations or call our main office at (301) 609 – 9887.

Factsheets 

Maryland Child Abuse Statistics

10 Ways to Help Prevent Child Abuse

Recognizing Child Abuse: What Parents Should Know

Preventing Child Emotional Abuse

Preventing Child Neglect

Preventing Child Physical Abuse

Preventing Child Sexual Abuse

Advice for New Moms and Dads

Promoting Child Development by Supporting Families


Child Abuse

Childhelp
The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline, 1-800-4-A-CHILD, operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Healthy Families/ Prevent Child Abuse America
A nationally recognized evidence-based home visiting program model designed to work with overburdened families who are at-risk for adverse childhood experiences, including child maltreatment.

Early Years

Maryland Family Network
Works with parents, child care providers, advocates, employers, and policymakers to expand and enhance the early childhood education and child care available to Maryland’s children.

Parents as Teachers
Offers a variety of resources & information for parents.

Zero to Three
Resources for the parents of young children ages 0-3

Service Provider Databases

Maryland 2-1-1
Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, in over 180 languages. Connects MD residents to health and human service resources for challenges regarding housing, utility shutoffs, family crisis, financial, legal, employment, and other problems in your community. Simply dial 211 to be connected to a live trained specialist.

Maryland Community Services Locator
Helps service providers and the general public to more easily access local programs and resources.

Substance and Alcohol Abuse

Substance Abuse & Behavioral Services Treatment Locator

Maryland Drug Rehab Facilities

Addiction Center: Teenage Substance Abuse Prevention

Addiction Resource

Resources for Students

Suicide & Depression Awareness for Students

Depression and Anxiety: College Students

National Resources

Community Behavioral Health Association of Maryland (CBH)
CBH improves the health of Maryland’s children and adults by advocating for and providing support and technical assistance to Maryland community-based behavioral health service providers and their constituents.

NAMI
National Alliance on Mental Illness

National Strategy for Suicide Prevention
A Report of the U.S. Surgeon General and of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention