April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month


During this month and throughout the year, our certified nonprofit partner New Morning Youth & Family Services encourages all individuals and organizations to play a role in making El Dorado County a better place for children and families. By ensuring that parents have the knowledge, skills, and resources they need to care for their children. New Morning Youth & Family Services can help promote children’s social and emotional well-being and prevent child maltreatment within families and communities.

Research shows that when parents possess six protective factors, the risk for neglect and abuse diminish and optimal outcomes for children, youth, and families are promoted. The six protective factors are:

  • Nurturing and attachment
  • Knowledge of parenting and of child and youth development
  • Parental resilience
  • Social connections
  • Concrete supports for parents
  • Social and emotional developmental well-being

April is a time to celebrate the important role that communities play in protecting children. Focusing on ways to build and promote the protective factors, in every interaction with children and families, is the best thing our community can do to prevent child maltreatment and promote optimal child development.

Join New Morning Youth & Family Services on Monday April 7th, and wear blue to support prevention of child abuse and neglect. Please email a picture of yourself wearing blue so that New Morning Youth & Family Services can share your photos on their Facebook and website.

New Morning offers professional counseling for children ages birth to 18, emergency shelter for runaway, homeless and in crisis youth, Latino Outreach and financial literacy training for foster youth close to emancipation. For more information, please contact (530) 622-5551 or visit their website.