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A Culture of Respect, Early Child Development, and the Impact of Abuse



A Culture of Respect, Early Child Development, and the Impact of Abuse

 

CHICAGO, IL, September 15, 2014 – The recent story involving the indictment of an NFL player brings focus to the importance of creating a culture of respect for others, including children, and the long term impact of abuse and neglect on early child development.

 We always have known that effective parental options to physical punishment, such as time-outs exist, and this is important because we now know that physical abuse can both adversely impact the development of children, and have a long-term impact on the health and productivity of these children as they transition into adulthood.

 America is home to many cultures that bring many practices to child rearing and knowing what is best for a child is typically best left to a parent. But parents must be aware of disciplinary options that are age appropriate, contribute to holding the child accountable, and promote a healthy parent-child relationship.

 This is one of the goals of home visitation services like Healthy Families America. These services build upon mutual respect, effective child rearing strategies, and recognize that parents need, and typically want, information to build that life-long relationship.

 We encourage everyone to learn about services such as Healthy Families America, but we also encourage everyone to play a role in the lives of children and their families, including:

  • Proactively asking parents we know whether they need a break for a few hours to keep the stress levels down.
  • Volunteering at local child and family serving organizations to help parents receive the help and services they need.
  • Reporting abuse and neglect when we suspect it is occurring.

 “It is normal for the public to be outraged any time a child has been physically abused; but not doing anything constructive about it, is equally outrageous,” said James M. Hmurovich, President & CEO, Prevent Child Abuse America. “So we now should be asking, what is the role each of us can play as members of the community to prevent child abuse and neglect, and what is our responsibility as a nation to prevent these types of situations in the future?"  

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 ABOUT PREVENT CHILD ABUSE AMERICA

Prevent Child Abuse America, founded in 1972 and based in Chicago, works to ensure the healthy development of children nationwide. The organization promotes that vision through a network of chapters in 49 states and over 400 Healthy Families America, home visitation sites in 37 states, the Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and Canada. A major organizational focus is to advocate for the existence of a national policy framework and strategy for children and families while promoting evidence-based practices that prevent abuse and neglect from ever occurring. To learn more about what we’re doing to prevent child abuse and neglect and how you can help, please visit our websites preventchildabuse.org and healthyfamiliesamerica.org.

Prevent Child Abuse America, founded in 1972 and based in Chicago, works to ensure the healthy development of children nationwide. The organization promotes that vision through a network of chapters in 49 states and over 400 Healthy Families America, home visitation sites in 37 states, the Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and Canada. A major organizational focus is to advocate for the existence of a national policy framework and strategy for children and families while promoting evidence-based practices that prevent abuse and neglect from ever occurring. To learn more about what we’re doing to prevent child abuse and neglect and how you can help, please visit our websites preventchildabuse.org and healthyfamiliesamerica.org.

Prevent Child Abuse America, founded in 1972 and based in Chicago, works to ensure the healthy development of children nationwide. The organization promotes that vision through a network of chapters in 49 states and over 400 Healthy Families America, home visitation sites in 37 states, the Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and Canada. A major organizational focus is to advocate for the existence of a national policy framework and strategy for children and families while promoting evidence-based practices that prevent abuse and neglect from ever occurring. To learn more about what we’re doing to prevent child abuse and neglect and how you can help, please visit our websites preventchildabuse.org and healthyfamiliesamerica.org.

 

Prevent Child Abuse America, founded in 1972 in Chicago, works to ensure the healthy development of children nationwide. The organization promotes that vision through a network of chapters in 50 states and over 600 Healthy Families America sites in 39 states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Commonwealth of the Marianas, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, and Canada. A major organizational focus is to advocate for the existence of a national policy framework and strategy for children and families while promoting evidence-based practices that prevent abuse and neglect from ever occurring. To learn more about what we’re doing to prevent child abuse and neglect and how you can help, please visit our websites, preventchildabuse.org and healthyfamiliesamerica.org.