The prevention of child abuse and neglect is a community responsibility. It can be a matter of life or death.
Child abuse and neglect happens wherever children are, where they live, sleep, learn or play. In 2013, close to 18,000 reports of suspected abuse were filed in Kern County. Many more cases never get reported. Tragically, during 2013, 4 Kern County children died, 5 nearly died, and 8 suffered severe injuries as a result of child abuse or neglect — 16 of these 17 children were under age 4.
Anything you do to support children and parents in your family and community helps reduce the likelihood of child maltreatment. April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and Kern Cares Make A Difference is your opportunity to spread the message that we all can play a part in providing safety and support to children in our community.
Make a difference during April by making a pledge to help keep kids safe. Smile at a fussy baby in line at the grocery store. Be a friend to the kids and parents you know. Get involved. Advocate. Volunteer. Take time to be kind. Support community programs and services that work with families. One person – YOU – can make a difference in the life of a child or a family.
Kern Cares Make A Difference is easy… here’s how it works:
1. Download a Make A Difference pledge card template
- April 6 – 10 – “Week of the Young Child” activities for children, families & child care providers hosted by Community Connection for Child Care.
- April 8 – Kern County Victims Rights March hosted by the Kern County District Attorney’s Office at the Liberty Bell.
- April 10 – KCNC Mandated Reporter Training hosted by the Kern County Network for Children from 9am to 11 am in Bakersfield.
- April 27 – National Blue Sunday Day of Prayer for child abuse victims & those who rescue them.
- Flag Raising Ceremonies remembering the 4 children who died in the last year due to abuse or neglect throughout the county:
April 4 at 8:30 a.m. – DHS Front parking lot – Union/California in Bakersfield.
April 11 at 8:30 a.m. – Lake Isabella – County Complex – 7050 Lake Isabella Blvd in Lake Isabella.
April 25 at 8:30 a.m. – Kern County Fire Station #21 – 303 N. 10th Street in Taft.
- Kern County Open Letter – Bakersfield Californian – April 6, 2014 from the Kern County Department of Human Services, Sheriff’s Office, District Attorney’s Office and Kern County Network for Children
- 50 Facts You Should Know About Child Abuse
- Recognizing Child Abuse: What You Should Know
- Mandated Reporter Manual, “A Guide to Mandated Reporting Responsibilities” California Child Abuse Mandated Reporter Training
- For Educators: Recognizing Abuse
- What Happens After I Make A Report of Suspected Abuse/Neglect to CPS?
- Ten Ways to Help Prevent Child Abuse
- Maltreatment of Children With Disabilities
2. Write down your pledge to make a difference in the lives of Kern County children.
3. Take a picture of your sign or you holding your sign.
4. Send your picture to Kern Cares (firstname.lastname@example.org) so we can share it on our Kern Cares Facebook page and Kern Cares Make A Difference Gallery on the Kern Cares website.
5. You can also post your picture as Facebook profile picture for the entire month of April with the status update:
- “Join ME and Kern Cares on the Make A Difference movement in April, Child Abuse Prevention Month, and share the message to help KEEP KIDS SAFE!
6. As Kern’s designated Child Abuse Prevention Council, the Kern County Network for Children (KCNC), hopes that parents, community members, service providers, and policymakers will renew an unwavering commitment to protecting children, responding to child abuse, and strengthening Kern County families so that our children will have a brighter future. Please accept our invitation to attend the following important community events:
While April is recognized nationally as Child Abuse Prevention Month, every day should be about preventing child abuse and neglect. Please take some time to look through the ideas listed in How to Get Involved with Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention to help protect children, nurture families and build strong, safe communities that only take a few minutes a day. No one person can do everything, but everyone can do something. And together, we can do anything!
Learn More About Local Efforts To Build Strong Families & Protect Children
- Kern Cares Make A Difference Gallery
- Kern Cares Articles
- 2013 Kern County Report Card
- Kern Cares 2013/2014 Calendar
- Parenting Resources
- Kern County Service Provider Resource Guide
- Family Resource Center Service Matrix 2012
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