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CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION

Child Abuse Prevention

Awareness

 

We’re bringing awareness that healthy child development is the foundation for strong economic and community development. Anything you do to support kids and parents helps reduce the stress that often leads to abuse and neglect.  The Children’s Task Force is Franklin County’s child abuse prevention council which sponsors educational programs and events to increase public awareness.

Prevent Child Abuse America is proud to unveil its new campaign, Pinwheels for Prevention ™, introducing the pinwheel as a symbol for child abuse and neglect prevention nationwide.  The pinwheel represents PCA America’s efforts to change the way our nation thinks about prevention, focusing on community activities and public policies that prioritize prevention right from the start to make sure child abuse and neglect never occur.

FCCTF Events

  • WICKED WHOOPIES – click here for the ordering form
  • Children’s Festival
  • Father Daughter Dances in Strong and Jay
  • Family Pancake Breakfast
  • Community Baby Shower
  • Child Abuse Prevention Month
  • Blue Sunday
  • Children’s Parade
  • Kids Walk for Kids
  • Chester Greenwood Parade Float
  • Pajama Project
  • Rangeley Fall Festival for Families
  • Click for Babies
  • Pinwheels for Prevention

Child Abuse Prevention Month April 2021

●      The theme of the April 2021 Child Abuse Prevention (CAP) Month is “Growing a Better Tomorrow for All Children, Together.”
●      Throughout CAP Month, Prevent Child Abuse America and its chapters, affiliates, and stakeholders are using a community garden metaphor to reinforce the message that “Every day, we help positive childhood experiences take root.”
o   Children are locally grown. We work together to cultivate relationships, connections, and environments that help every child thrive.
o   We harvest what we sow. We plant seeds of support for all children to yield healthier adults with abundant futures.
o   Our work is rooted in science. We know positive childhood experiences in nurturing environments provide fertile ground for physical and mental health, learning, and social skills to flourish.
o   We unearth the possibilities. We focus on innovation every day to give every child what they need and to build bountiful, safe communities.
o   Planning and purpose create common ground. We share resources equitably, expand access to services, and balance conditions for positive childhood experiences to enrich every community.
o   We tend and replenish the soil. We offer homegrown solutions and hardy support to protect what we grow in all elements.
o   Hope and commitment are powerful fertilizers. We combine the promise of a better tomorrow with our resolve to nourish all children and their families in every season.
●      Learn how you can plant the seeds of a better tomorrow for children and families in your community by visiting the CAP Month web page at preventchildabuse.org/growing-better-together-2021.
●      WEAR BLUE DAY APRIL 1: Post your photos for Wear Blue Day on April 1st on Facebook with the hashtag #WearBlueDay and tag the Franklin County Children’s Task Force! Let’s saturate the town in blue to kick off April as Child Abuse Prevention month! For more ways to get involved, please call 207-778-6960 or email rileigh@fcctf.org.
●      PINWHEELS FOR PREVENTION: We can still grow a better tomorrow for all children, together, while being apart. Until we can physically plant pinwheels together, let’s take part in this 100% virtual, nationwide pinwheel garden. Donate and plant a pinwheel with your message of support. https://pinwheels.preventchildabuse.org/  #GrowingBetterTogether
●      WICKED WHOOPIES: $55 donation for a box of 50 whoopie pies! How many boxes can you fit in your freezer?! These homemade Maine whoopie pies were made with love. They have a shelf life of about 3 weeks and a freezer life of 6mo-1 year. All proceeds benefit programs through the Franklin County Children’s Task Force that reduce the rates of child abuse and neglect in Franklin County.

Education

As the designated child abuse and neglect prevention council for Franklin County, the Children’s Task Force provides Mandated Reporter Training,  Protective Factors education, information that focus on prevention, like Period of Purple Crying and Infant Safe Sleep, and other parent enrichment programs that can support parents through this lifelong journey of parenting. Visit our Community Education andParent Education tabs to learn more!