Tips for Community Action
- Make a list of community resources available to employees that include after-school programs and parent support services and classes.
- Educate human resource departments on family needs and issues. Periodically, schedule a speaker to discuss balancing work and family or related topics.
- Coordinate or participate in fundraising events for organizations that support children and families. Let the community know you believe in investing in the future by investing in children and families today.
- Include information on parenting in company newsletters or as pay check stuffers to let your employees know that you value the importance of being a good parent.
- Allow employees time to volunteer in child abuse prevention efforts.
- Promote quality childcare among employees. Start or support a child care center for employees.
- Talk with parents to understand what they need and how these supports can be provided within the workplace and the community.
- Encourage spiritual leaders to devote a service to children. Allow children to participate in the service, and request a sermon focusing on the value of children and the importance of family.
- Reprint information on parenting and child safety in church or synagogue bulletins.
- Plan adult education and parenting programs in your congregation to inform people about children's needs. Enlist specialized trainers such as pediatricians, teachers, and those experienced in child development to help.
- Meet with community leaders to address actions to support children and families. Encourage them to recognize the connection between addressing poverty, domestic violence, alcohol and drug abuse, and preventing child abuse.
- Organize volunteers to visit with or provide transportation for pregnant women, parents, and children attending health clinics for prenatal and pediatric care.
- Hold a special event in support of fathers. Invite male role models to speak on the value of good parenting and the special challenges and concerns of fathers.
- Create a pool of volunteers from your congregation to provide respite care to parents.
- Present an award to a community leader whose efforts have benefited children and families.
- Address the importance of child well being in speeches and community outreach opportunities.
- Distribute child abuse prevention information when issuing marriage licenses.
- Explore the possibility of adding positive parenting messages to monthly utility statements.
- Support the development of a Child Advocacy Center in your community.
- Count parents! Most communities only have data regarding the well-being of children and youth. This lack of information makes it difficult to craft solutions that engage and support parents. Too few cities can answer these two questions: "Who's raising kids here?" and "How are they doing?"
- Engage parents, family members, and community residents as active members in needs assessments and planning and action groups.
- Speak to neighborhood associations about safety and how local law enforcement can support neighborhood efforts.
- Encourage parents to teach their children what to do when they feel unsafe or if a stranger approaches them.
- Educate parents about gun safety in the home. Visit classrooms to talk about guns and gun violence with children.
- Provide child abuse prevention materials to all police academy cadets.
- Help develop a court school for children who will be testifying in court.
- Encourage police officers to become involved in mentoring programs such as Big Brothers and Big Sisters.
- Attend training sessions on child abuse issues including relevant statutes.
Health Care Professionals
- Counsel new parents on brain development including the importance of providing nurturing care, talking, singing, and reading to their babies.
- Display child abuse prevention posters in waiting rooms, clinics, and emergency rooms.
- Help develop information kits with positive parenting information for new mothers, especially teen parents.
- Organize and participate in health fairs, parenting classes, and other community outreach activities.
- Let parents know they can call you regarding parental problems with newborns.
- Counsel parents on positive child discipline techniques.
- Provide training to the community on how to recognize child abuse and neglect.
Child Care and Early Childhood Professionals
- Assist parents in making informed child care decisions. Encourage parents to get to know their child's teacher and the policies of the child care center.
- Encourage parents to spend quality time interacting with children. Interactions such as playing games and reading books with children create quality occasions.
- Help your community become involved in raising public awareness of the importance of early brain development.
- Encourage employers to be supportive of families and provide flexible work environments.
- Coordinate activities with other child serving organizations to celebrate the accomplishments of children and teens.
- Schedule a training session for teachers and parents about the impact of child abuse and neglect in your community. Form a partnership to prevent child abuse and neglect.
- Work with high school journalism classes to include child abuse prevention information in school newspapers.
- Invite speakers from Child Protective Services, family violence programs, and other community organizations to speak to high school students and teen pregnancy classes about positive parenting and abuse free relationships.
- Hold student contests for essays and posters about the importance of positive parenting and the importance of a family. Award prizes for the best entries and display them at local libraries, banks, county courthouses and/or shopping centers.
- Start an after school program that supports working parents by providing children with a safe place for after school activities.
- Start a playgroup in your neighborhood. Schedule time to meet parents of young children at the park or local library.
- Reach out to a child in need in your neighborhood, your child's school, or your place of worship. Provide some respite to his/her parent and become a mentor.
- Consider becoming a foster or adoptive parent.
- Contact your local elected officials and ask them what they are doing to support children and families. Ask for their support of local initiatives and programs.
- Ask local television stations to schedule educational programs for children. Your encouragement and praise of such programs can keep them on the air.
- Learn the signs of child abuse and neglect and report suspected maltreatment if necessary.
- Provide "housewarming gifts" such as linens, dishes, pots and pans, small appliances and lamps for foster children who are moving out on their own.
- "Adopt a Social Worker" and provide the necessary resources and household foods for the children and families with whom they work.
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