Here are things local councils, direct service grantees, community groups of faith-based organization can encourage community members to do:
Anything you do to support families can reduce the stress that often leads to child abuse and neglect.
Be a friend to a parent you know. Ask how their children are doing. If a parent seems to be struggling, offer to baby-sit, run errands, or lend a friendly ear.
Talk to your neighbors about looking out for one another's children. Encourage a supportive spirit among parents in your community. Join a local Circle of Parents (http://www.circleofparents.org/) support group or Great Start Parent Coalition. (http://greatstartforkids.org/content/great-start-parent-coalition-overview)
Donate clothing, furniture, and toys to another family. This can relieve the financial stress that families may experience.
If you or someone you know feels overwhelmed by the demands of parenting, call Parent Awareness Michigan (PAM) at 1-800-968-4968 for information about family support resources in your community or visit www.preventionnetwork.org to find parents resources managed by PAM.
Become a volunteer/member of a child abuse prevention/advocacy group, or organization in your community.
Make a financial charitable contribution to a cause which will support families and children. Each $1 donation can make a difference.
Contact your county's CTF local council to inquire about prevention programs, educational opportunities and Child Abuse Prevention Month activities.
Explore CTF local council websites by clicking the applicable county at the following link, http://tinyurl.com/LocalCouncilbyCounty.
Incorporate Power of One approaches and principles as essential concepts in all prevention discussions.
Be a Power of One person/organization/faith-based community and share with others how you are making a positive difference in the lives of children.