The Issue: Triggers That Can Lead to Child Abuse
Many parents who succumb to abusive behaviors have experienced abuse themselves, according to an Orange County Register column about the Orange County Child Abuse Prevention Center (CPAC). These parents often have “no support system, … are isolated by language or culture, and … have fewer resources or education.” The perpetuation of unhealthy parenting behaviors among family members is one of the reasons why about 30% of abused and neglected children will later abuse their own children, according to data from CPAC. However, with education and social services in place, these parents can establish healthy approaches to parenting and create violence-free homes.
The Campaign: Promoting Services to Prevent Child Abuse
All donations to this Grassroots campaign will be used by Orange County Child Abuse Prevention Center to relieve the financial burdens and stress of at-risk families. For every $600 raised, the organization can provide donated items such as blankets, cribs, home safety kits, diapers, and bus passes for local families. If an additional $1,000 is raised, the center can provide one month of in-home services to one family to help them settle into their new roles.
Donated items help relieve some of the burden for parents who may not be able to afford the daily necessities of childcare. As a part of in-home services, caseworkers visit parents and teach them how to care for children to help alleviate stress in the home. For example, in the Register column, Priscilla McGarci said she learned how to play with her 3-month-old daughter Nilima and how to swaddle the baby to soothe her crying through the center's program. "It's helped me to be calm and not as much frustrated,” McGarci said.
Orange County Child Abuse Prevention Center
In an effort to create violence-free homes, Orange County Child Abuse Prevention Center (CAPC) works to stop the generational cycle of child abuse. Through in-home visits and mental-health counseling, it teaches at-risk families how to replace parenting that may lead to abuse and neglect with healthy, positive parenting styles, promoting self-sufficiency and nurturing parent-child relationships.
CAPC caseworkers use 14 intervention-style programs to alleviate family stress and eliminate negative parenting techniques that could lead to child abuse. They work with high-risk families to promote positive parenting with infants and toddlers, teach teens about healthy dating choices, and reach out to families in which abuse is suspected. Parent-to-parent workshops connect families to help them learn from one another, whereas in-home mental-health services and crisis stabilization for suicidal or homicidal children help reduce violence in already fractured homes.
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