Baldwin Child Advocacy Center plans events to support mission
By Jerri Johnson
Since 1983, when April was designated as Child Abuse Prevention Month, communities across the country have used this month-long observance to increase awareness of child abuse and strategies for prevention. The Baldwin County Child Advocacy Center and the County Commission have issued a proclamation to encourage everyone to play their part.
Baldwin County Child Advocacy Center provides resources and services to child victims of sexual abuse and severe physical abuse and their supportive family members.
To find out more and to support their mission, please visit baldwincountycac.org or attend one of the following prevention events:
• April 8 at 6.30 pm: Family Ministries Center Sexual Abuse Workshop.
• April 13 at 5.30 pm: Girls Night Out at the Wharf
• May 8: Dialed In Professional Women of Orange Beach
Sexual Trafficking Workshop
Child abuse is not an easy topic to talk about, and that’s why we have our own prevention coordinator who has partnered with all the schools in our county and engaged the staff and students in creating their own displays for child abuse prevention month. Many children are taking an active role in this campaign, thereby investing in their own futures.
As we go through the month, look for the blue pinwheels and yard signs displayed outside homes and businesses, and as you drive under the pedestrian bridge in Foley, you’ll see it lit up in blue. These are the symbols that will remind you of the fight against child abuse and how important it is.
There are also other simple ways to get involved, not only this month but all year round. You can support programs and services that help families and children, be aware of the families around you, and reach out when you feel that they may need some extra help. Preventing child abuse may not be as complicated as you had thought. Simple acts to help strengthen and nurture the families in your community can make a huge difference.