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Capt. Larry Ralston of the Lompoc Police Department takes a call in his office at the police station. He and the department hope to help stop the rise in child abuse in northern Santa Barbara County as funding and volunteer corps shrink.












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Prevention Brief Cover
Prevention Brief Cover

VOL 1: ISSUE 1 November 2007Building the Evidence for Circle of Parents®as a Model for Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect Participant Characteristics, Experiences and Outcomes

 

Fact Sheet 13

Fact Sheet 13

The FRIENDS National Resource Center is pleased to announce the launch of our Online Learning Center, a resource designed to meet the demands of providing high quality, subject specific training in a cost effective manner for the child abuse prevention community. The Online Learning Center is designed to offer accessible continuing education and professional development opportunities that are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You may access the FRIENDS Online Learning Center through a link on our website at www.friendsnrc.org/resources/onlinelearn.htm.

The financial crisis affecting our state is challenging, if not unemploying, millions of mothers and fathers. The distress of any hardship inevitably has an effect on family dynamics, and thus on the important relationship between a parent and a child. Families are often left with few resources to nurture or care for children as they struggle to provide for their basic, concrete needs. In fact, during times of economic hardship and unemployment, child abuse and neglect rates often rise. The stress that flows from job loss or financial problems may push parents over the edge so their behaviors and interactions become harsh, or even abusive. Poverty is one of the strongest indicators of child maltreatment.

Raising a child is the toughest role one will ever face. It’s a responsibility that often comes with no training, little preparation and limited support. It’s also a job that will have a critical impact on the educational, economic and health outcomes of a community. Especially in times of crisis, families need access to services that help them raise children who are nurtured, healthy and prepared to learn.

Child abuse can be prevented. Help ensure that children benefit from safe, caring homes by investing in programs that intervene with families in crisis before children are ever harmed. For more information about these services, and to learn how you can make a difference, visit www.preventchildbabusenj.org or call 800-CHILDREN.

Theresa Comprelli McCutcheon
Prevent Child Abuse-New Jersey Inc.
New Brunswick

Coastal Tri-Counties
Child Abuse Prevention Coalition

The Coastal Tri-Counties Child Abuse Prevention Coalition members are committed to weaving a safety net for the children and families in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura communities. We believe in the power of co-creation to spark our diverse and collective skills, passion, and resources; inspiring and mobilizing our communities to speak out for the protection and rights of our children. We espouse the belief that all human beings have a right to live in homes and communities that embrace the values of love, dignity and respect.

The Coastal Tri-Counties Child Abuse Prevention Coalition’s vision is:

Our communities are free of child abuse; and our children are safe, healthy and thriving.The Coastal Tri-Counties Child Abuse Prevention Coalition is sponsored by the California Department of Social Services, Office of Child Abuse Prevention and the Community Based Child Abuse Prevention Fund.

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