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Mercy Child Advocacy Center is celebrating Child Abuse Prevention Month this April with several activities including Blue Out Day on April 11th. Everyone in our community is encouraged to wear blue that day as a show of support for children and families in our community that have experienced abuse.

Hundreds of communities across the nation participate in Child Abuse Prevention Month by raising awareness that child abuse is preventable and what community members can do to ensure families are supported. By providing services and resources to caregivers, Mercy Child Advocacy Center is dedicated to making the Siouxland area a place where children grow up safe, nurtured and able to reach their full potential.

“Child Abuse Prevention Month is a time for communities to recognize the role they play in promoting the social and emotional well-being of children and families,” said Barb Small, Manager of the Mercy Child Advocacy Center. “Creating a strong foundation in the early years of a child’s life leads to better outcomes in health, learning and productivity throughout a lifetime. By working with caregivers to prevent child abuse, we’re building a stronger community for the future.”

Mercy Child Advocacy Center invites community members to celebrate and support families this month by wearing blue on April 11th. Also look for the pinwheel symbol in local businesses and schools and around our community. The pinwheel is a symbol of hope for a brighter tomorrow and the joy and carefree childhood that every child should have. Take the extra time this month to be a nurturing parent, help a friend or relative by offering to babysit, or get involved with a local agency that works with children and families.

Throughout the year, Mercy Child Advocacy Center works to help caregivers gain the knowledge, skills, resources and support they need to provide healthy environments for their children. Not only do they assist in investigations of child abuse, the Mercy Child Advocacy Center also offers therapy services, parenting classes, and classes for adults on the prevention of child abuse through the Darkness to Light program.

"Every effort, however small, makes an impact in our community. If we all take the time to do one small thing to help another, we could make a huge difference." said Barb Small. "Although we recognize April as Child Abuse Prevention Month, it is important for us to continue to support children and families in our community throughout the year."

For more information, contact:
Deb Lemmon, Director of Marketing and Planning (712) 279-2294
Dianne Krier, Mercy Marketing and Communications Coordinator
(712) 279-5682