Every day a child is born into this world with limitless possibilities. Possibilities that can ensure bright futures for each. We as a community have the opportunity to support, strengthen and encourage each of these children.
Children our are future. There are three things we need to let them know on a consistent basis. “You are important! You are special! You are loved!”
They are important. Who they are matters. They are valued. Encourage them to explore, to learn and try new things, to discover just who you are.
They are special! They are uniquely made and designed with a purpose like no other. They have abilities that only they can do. As they explore, help them to discover just how those unique things about them make them special.
They are loved! They are loved for just being who they were created to be.
As we welcome spring in the next few weeks, we will be getting closer to April. The month of April is recognized as Natioal Child Abuse Prevention Month. We want to bring awareness about the impact that child abuse and neglect has on our society as a whole. Last year’s Fiscal Year the CAC had 808 referrals of child abuse cases. We do not hide the fact that the numbers alone are too great, and the impact is enormous. However, we don’t want to stop there. We also want to dedicate our efforts in encouraging individuals and communities to come together to support children and families. We all can recognize that a strong, stable family is the foundational piece that will lead to a promising childhood for all children.
The responsibilities of being a parent is enormous. Families facing hardships can be especially hard. Parenting is not about perfection. As we parent, we are to give it our best to provide healthy, nurturing environments for them to grow up in.
During the month of April, Child Abuse Prevention Month, let’s each commit to protect the safety and well-being of every child, while committing to raise a generation of children who can dream more and reach higher as they grow into responsible adults.
Over the next few weeks, you will begin to see blue pinwheels popping up all over Cumberland County. Shining in the sun, the pinwheels represent a bright future for our children and our community. We want all children to live in stable, loving and stimulating environments – at home, at school and in the community.
Will you—your agency or at your home partner with us to place pinwheel garden out? You can order a Pinwheel Kit today by visiting our website at www.cacfaync.org or coming by our the office at 222 Rowan Street.