Sample Bulletin or Newsletter Information

April is National Child Abuse Prevention month.  This month is a time to refocus our efforts on making the community more aware of the problem and working to prevent all forms of child abuse and neglect.

Across the United States, more than four children die every day as a result of child abuse; most of them are under the age of 3.  One in four children will experience family violence. And one in ten children will be the victim of sexual abuse by age 18.

What does that mean for children in Frederick County? A 2016 study reported that children under 18 accounted for 24% of the county population of 243,675. So out of a population of 58,482 children, one in four- 14,621-of our kids will experience family violence before they turn 18!

In 2015, the Frederick County Department of Social Services received 2,655 reports of child maltreatment. Child Protective Services found 264 of these cases were child maltreatment-physical abuse, sexual abuse, and severe neglect. Experts know many more cases go unreported.

Here at (name or your congregation), we will join together with nearly 7 million participants on five continents on Blue Worship Weekend April 28-30, 2017. We will pray for the safety of all children, including the victims of child abuse, and those who work for their safety and healing.  We will also remember those children who have or are experiencing abuse, and remind ourselves that protecting children is everyone’s business.

We will sponsor some special activities to increase awareness, including (list such activities as planting a Pinwheel Garden, youth participation in the service, etc. here).  We also ask you to join us in demonstrating our support for child abuse awareness and prevention by participating in the local observance of Wear Blue Friday on April 7, at your place of work, at school, or at play within your local community.

Abused children and their families have a place to turn for confidential help and support-The Child Advocacy Center of Frederick County. Last year, they provided services to 243 children and 183 parents/caregivers.  These services included counseling, interviews by trained social workers, pediatric medical examination, and advocacy. If you would like more information about child maltreatment, contact Lynn Davis, Director, Child Advocacy Center of Frederick County, 301-600-1762 or email ldavis2@frederickcountymd.gov.

For more information on how to get involved in child abuse awareness and prevention activities, contact the Friends of the Child Advocacy Center at cacfriends2@gmail.com or visit their website at www.cacfriends.net

The Friends of the Child Advocacy Center is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the Child Advocacy Center in its work with abused and neglected children in Frederick County. The Friends do this through awareness and prevention activities and by providing the victims with services and special support beyond the scope the CAC can do as a government agency.