April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. This month and throughout the year, the crisis nursery serving Wright County encourages all individuals and organizations to play a role in making Wright 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 promote children’s social and emotional well-being and prevent child maltreatment within families and communities.
Research shows that when parents possess six protective factors, the risk for neglect and abuse diminishes and optimal outcomes for children, youth, and families are promoted. The six protective factors are: nurturing and attachment, knowledge of parenting and of child and youth development, parental resilience, social connections, concrete supports for parents, and social and emotional developmental well-being.
April is a time to celebrate the important role that communities play in protecting children. Everyone’s participation is critical. In honor of and to benefit children in our community, the crisis nursery serving Wright County is hosting their 14th annual Spring Fundraiser Friday, April 27 at 6 p.m. at the Buffalo Civic Center.
During the month of April, we all can take a role in promoting healthier families. Together, we can make Wright County a better place for our children and families. You can learn more about the crisis nursery program at http://www.kindredfamilyservices.org/what_we_do/crisis_nursery.html. — Jill Gatzke and Consuelo Silbernagel,Wright County Crisis Nursery