We want to share an Op-Ed with you written by James M. Hmurovich, President & CEO, Prevent Child Abuse America - here - that ran in The State Journal-Register which is based out of Springfield, IL. We have also pasted an excerpt below.
"We all have a role to play in healthy child development and
the prevention of child abuse. Coaches, teachers, babysitters and health
care professionals work with children every day and already are working
to move the country toward being a greater place for children.
But even if you don’t work with or around children, you still can have a positive effect on their lives.
you have time in the afternoon, you could volunteer at after-school
programs or help coach sports teams to ensure parents have a safe place
for kids to go when they get out of school and before parents typically
get home from work.
You could deliver a
home-cooked meal to the family that just moved in around the corner or
offer to babysit one night for a single parent who lives down the road.
You can contact your local legislator or advocate for family-friendly
policies and prevention programs, such as Healthy Families America.
You also can donate time or money to local organizations, such as Prevent Child Abuse Illinois, that are focused on prevention.
taking the time to volunteer for before- or after-school programs,
offering to help families in your own neighborhood, or working to ensure
that programs proven to prevent child abuse continue to be funded, you
can have a meaningful effect on the lives of children throughout the
Actions like these help bring
together communities, reduce isolation and help children and families
succeed by providing them with tools and resources for optimal