Drowning is the leading cause of death of children 0-4 years old. Each year in California 75 families lose their child in a drowning accident, but there are many ways to prevent accidents like this from happening.
Kids must be under constant supervision while they are around bodies of water such as lakes, pools, rivers; even things like bathtubs, buckets, toilets, kiddie pools, wells and water fountains. It's possible for a child to drown in only an inch or two of water and it only takes a few seconds. It is recommended that children over the age of 4 years old should take swimming lessons but knowing how to swim does not lower the risk of a child drowning. It is also highly recommended that you have flotation devices like a life vest, water wings or pool noodles.
Young children should never be left alone while bathing, even if they are safely propped up and secure. The ABC's of drowning prevention is a common way to keep your child safe around water.
A for adult supervision; always know exactly where your child is around water.
B for barriers; use a child proof barrier such as a 5 foot tall non climbable fence to separate pool area from yard/home.
C for CPR and classes; learn CPR and take swimming classes.
Remember, there is no such thing as being too cautious as long as your child is safe!
Mini-Grants Now Available!
We are excited to announce that funding is available for Family Strengthening mini-grant proposals for the 2018-19 fiscal year. Mini-grants will be awarded up to $2,000. Funding is provided by the Amador Child Abuse Prevention Council (ACAPC).
Grants are available for qualified organizations and agencies to provide Family Strengthening programs within the County of Amador.
Family Strengthening is the premise that children do well when families do well, and that families do well when they live in supportive communities. Enhancing connections within families, and between families, and the institutions that affect them, result in better outcomes for children and their families.
Mini-Grant applications may be submitted to ACAPC at any time throughout the 2018-19 fiscal year, however grant reviews and awards will occur bi-monthly.
Car Seat Safety!
Kids spend a lot of time getting places, usually in the car. Going places, whether it is a crazy summer road trip or a daily walk to school, can be a big part of our child's life. It is very important to keep our children safe when it comes to their booster or car seat.
Children who are seated in a booster seat in the back seat of the car are 45% less likely to be injured in a crash than children using a seat belt alone. Here are a few tips for using a booster seat: When your child is seated in the booster seat, make sure the lap and shoulder belts fit; the seat belt must lie flat across your child's chest, on the bony part of the shoulder and low on the hips or upper thighs, Do not place the shoulder belt under the child's arm or behind the child's back, Older kids get weighed and measured less often than babies, so check your child's growth a few times a year.
For most kids, they will be between ages 8 to 12 years old before they are ready for a seat belt alone. Three out of four car seats are not used or installed correctly. Here are a few tips for correct car seat safety: buy the right car seat- your baby needs to ride in a rear-facing car seat for as long as possible until 2 or more years, install your car seat the correct way.
You'll need to decide on using either the seat belt or lower anchors to secure your car seat, get the right fit and know when to change your car seat. For more information or any questions, contact our local resources: Amador County Public Health or the Amador CHP office.
A Trauma-Informed Book Club!
Here is a great way to become trauma-informed and build your knowledge around adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and resiliency.
Inspired by an ACEs Connection idea, we are following along, sharing with you one book each month that focuses on the issues of trauma and toxic stress in children and in our communities. Read along with us, and use the discussion questions to further the conversation around this timely and important topic. Join us on our Facebook page to discuss the follow-up questions each month for a more in-depth understanding of how trauma, ACEs, and resiliency are inter-related and impact our community.
For July, we have The Body Keeps the Score , by Bessel Van der Kolk
Throughout life an individual will go through large amounts of stress and quite possibly a few traumatic events. Ranging from Veteran aftermath, drug/alcohol abuse, assault, violence, death etc; the more severe the event or stressor is, the more of an impact it could play on not only your physical health but possibly the wiring of your brain. The brain's wiring can be fixed through treatments, techniques and therapies.
What can you do to decrease your daily stress?
What type of things could be stressful for a child compared to an adult?
Do you think children act out as an attempted cry for help?
Have you gone through a traumatic event that has changed you in some way?
What are 3 things you have learned from this book and how could they make a difference in your life?
Please feel free to join in on a conversation about this book
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Free Mandated Reporter Training
The second Thursday of every month, from 10:00am - 12:00pm,
the Child Abuse Prevention Council is holding free mandated reporter trainings. Open to parents, teachers, the community, staff or colleagues needing a refresher course, or new staff with no previous training, give
us a call, (209) 223-5921. For the flyer with all the information, click HERE.
All children know how they are valued; all families receive the support, education and tools necessary to give every child a safe, healthy, and nurturing home; and a community that actively supports the health, safety, and education of its children.
CAPC is committed to preventing all forms of child abuse in Amador County through community partnerships, free trainings, education, and family-centered events that value children, strengthen families, and engage communities.
Investing in Our Youngest Children
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Child Abuse Prevention Council of Amador, Mail: PO Box 815, Jackson, CA 95642,Location: 975 Broadway,Jackson, CA 95642