you do to support kids and parents can help reduce
the stress that often leads to abuse and neglect.
Be a friend to a
parent you know. Ask how their children are
doing. Draw on your own experiences to provide
reassurance and support. If a parent seems to be
struggling, offer to baby-sit or run errands, or
just lend a friendly ear. Show you understand.
Be a friend to a child
you know. Remember their names. Smile when
you talk with them. Ask them about their day at
school. Send them a card in the mail. Show you care.
Talk to your neighbors
about looking out for one another's children.
Encourage a supportive spirit among parents in your
apartment building or on your block. Show that you
Give your used clothing, furniture and toys
for use by another family. This can help
relieve the stress of financial burdens that parents
sometimes take out on their kids.
Volunteer your time and
money for programs in your community that support
children and families, like parent support groups or
day care centers.
Child abuse and
neglect occur in all segments of our society, but
the risk factors are greater in families where
- Seem to be having
economic, housing or personal problems
- Are isolated from their
family or community
- Have difficulty
controlling anger or stress
- Are dealing with physical
or mental health issues
- Abuse alcohol or drugs
- Appear uninterested in the
care, nourishment or safety of their children
By helping parents who might be
struggling with any of these challenges, you reduce
the likelihood that their children will be abused or
neglected. Reach out to the children, too, and show
them that you care.