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.