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Mercy Child Advocacy Center Celebrates Families in April
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04/01/2013
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This April, Mercy Child Advocacy Center is joining hundreds of groups and organizations across the nation in recognizing Child Abuse Prevention Month with Blue Out Day on April 19th.

Businesses, schools, and community members are encouraged to wear blue on this day to remember children who have suffered from abuse and in support of efforts to prevent abuse.

Child Abuse Prevention Month is a national movement raising awareness that child abuse is preventable and focuses on what communities can do to support this cause. This month and throughout the year, Mercy Child Advocacy Center encourages individuals and organizations to play a role in making the Siouxland area a better place for children and families. Helping parents gain the knowledge, skills, resources and support they need to care for their children promotes children’s social and emotional well-being and prevents abuse.

“By supporting and educating families, we can help ensure that their children grow up safe, nurtured and empowered to reach their full potential as adults,” said Steve Scott, executive director of Prevent Child Abuse Iowa. “Child development is the foundation for community development. Everyone can play a role in strengthening families as advocates, donors or volunteers.”

Mercy Child Advocacy Center invites community members to celebrate and support our communities’ families this month by wearing blue on Friday, April 19th. Every child deserves a happy childhood. Child abuse happens in our community but it does not just happen to the poor and uneducated, it can happen to anyone. It is not always intentional, sometimes good caregivers make bad choices out of anger, frustration, and despair. Child abuse is completely preventable and success for any parent requires a combination of awareness, education, and support.

Throughout the year, Mercy Child Advocacy Center works to support families by providing parent education classes and prevention programs through the Light a Child’s Life program. Prevention classes are also offered to adults working with children through the Darkness to Light program.

If you have questions or wish to support Mercy Child Advocacy Center, please contact us at 712-279-2548.
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