Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children ages 1 through 14 years old, killing over 1,000children each year.
Protect against this tragedy by properly securing your child in a vehicle. California laws requires everyone to be properly secured when riding in a motor vehicle.
In California, for each child under 16 who is not properly secured, parents (if in the car) or drivers can be fined more than $500 and get a point on their driving records.
Birth to 16 Years
Children under 2-years old must be rear facing in a car seat unless they weigh 40 pounds or more, or are 40 inches tall or more.
Children under age 8 must be properly buckled into a car seat or a booster in the back seat.
Children age 8 or older, or who are 4'9" or taller, may use the vehicle seat belt if it fits properly with the lap belt low in the hips, touching the upper thighs, and the shoulder belt crossing the center of the chest. If children are not tall enough for proper belt fit, they must ride in a booster or car seat.
Most children will outgrow an infant seat before age 1. The next step is a convertible car seat. Rear facing is 5 times safer than forward facing. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children ride rear facing to the highest weight or height allowed by the car seat manufacturer.
Everyone in the car must be properly buckled up.
It's against California law to leave a child under the age of seven alone in the car without the supervision of a person at least 12 years old if:
1. The keys are in the ignition or the car is running, or
2. There is a significant risk to the child.
Car Seat Installation
Once a child is placed in the car seat, be sure that the harness straps are snub and can not be pinched, that the chest clip is at armpit level, and the that the car seat is tightly secured and noes not more more than an inch from side to side. For rear-facing car seats, the harness straps are even with or below the shoulder and when the car seat is forward facing, the harness straps are even with the or above the shoulders.
The best way to make sure your car seat is installed properly is to attend a free car seat check in your area. Amador County will be holding a free car seat check on Tuesday, September 17, from 9:00am to 12:30pm. See the flyer below for all the details.
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.
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 September, we have Your Survival Instinct is Killing You
by Marc Schoen
The world today has adapted to so many changes in order to stay up to date and make advances. In daily life a person may come across small difficulties such as traffic, work, family issues, or stress; these things are not necessarily life threatening but may cause the brain to go into overdrive. Living in constant fight or flight mode may end up with a person who has a drug or alcohol problem, eating too much or too little, insomnia, anger issues or chronic pain and illness. In "Your Survival Instinct Is Killing You", it teaches people how to work through fight or flight mode and to conquer their fears.
What are some ways you handle daily stressors?
Do you think people overreact about their stress load?
What is a fear that you have conquered?
Please feel free to join in on a conversation about this book
Click HERE for a full list of current events in Amador County.
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.
Would you like to make a difference in the lives of children?
You can support the Child Abuse Prevention Councils efforts to keep our kids safe!
Print out the form HERE, and send it in with your donation today.
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
Stay up to date on all the latest news and information for the youngest children in our county! Sign up for First 5 Amador's monthly e-newsletter HERE!
Child Abuse Prevention Council of Amador, Mail: PO Box 815, Jackson, CA 95642,Location: 975 Broadway,Jackson, CA 95642