Thursday, April 2, 2020

Amador Child Abuse Prevention Council- April 2020

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Child Abuse Prevention Council
PO Box 815
Jackson, CA 95642
Location: 975 Broadway, Jackson
209-223-5921  *
It's our job as adults to keep kids safe.
CAPC Newsletter                                                  April 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

Coronavirus has become a worldwide outbreak. The illness starts with flu-like symptoms such as a sore throat, fever cough and progresses into having trouble breathing. There currently is no known vaccine to help or prevent COVID-19. The virus spreads through contact, such as a cough or sneeze, with a person carrying the virus or by touching a surface that has been in contact with the virus then touching your eyes, mouth or nose. 

Here are some steps to take to prevent getting sick:
  • Wash your hands with soap and water
  • Avoid close contact with sick people
  • Avoid touching your eyes, mouth or nose
  • Maintain social distancing (keep at least a 3 foot distance between you and someone coughing or sneezing)
  • Clean and disinfect commonly touched surfaces
Remember to stay home if you are feeling sick and avoid contact with other people to prevent spreading the virus. Contact your healthcare provider if you are sick. 

Take the extra steps to make sure your and your family stays safe and healthy through these challenging times!

For more info and current statistics visit the following:

Our CAPC office will be closed for the time being. We will reopen when it is safe to do so. 

However, we are continually checking our emails and Facebook messages. If you need resources or help in anyway, please reach out. Stay safe during these challenging times!

Child Abuse Prevention Month

Together we can make a difference!

Let's give kids great childhoods! Preventing child abuse is a shared responsibility for all community members. Together, we can raise awareness and lower the risk factors of child maltreatment. Join the effort to eliminate child abuse. 

During the month of April, it is important for families and communities to come together to prevent the abuse and neglect of children. It's equally important to promote the social and emotional well being of children and families. Throughout the month there are different activities, plenty of resources and special days that everyone is welcome to participate in.

You can make a difference by:
  • Become a peer that a child feels safe talking to
  • Place a blue pinwheel to raise awareness
  • If you see maltreatment/abuse, report it!
  • Attend local meetings to voice the needs of families
  • Offer to help out a friend or family member, parenting is hard work, everyone needs a break sometimes
  • Help create a supportive community
  • Get educated and do research
All kids deserve to have a happy and healthy childhood. Play your part and do what you can to be the person a positive role model to kids around you.

Pinwheels are the national symbol for Child Abuse Prevention Month. Don't forget to place some pinwheels to spread awareness! Use #PassThePinwheel on social media and show off your pinwheels. 

Keep an eye on our Facebook page for more updates throughout the month of April! Check out the OCAP website to see what other states are doing for Child Abuse Prevention Month!

Remember to always practice self care and take care of your mental health. Stress is something we can't avoid in life. The best thing you can do is take some time for yourself. The smallest things really do make a difference when it comes to taking care of yourself; light a candle, put your phone down for a while, enjoy a book, or spend time with your loved ones. 

Here are a few steps to take if you are feeling stressed

1. Realize when stress is creating a problem
  • Watch for the possibility of stress controlling your health
  • Watch for physical warnings (tense muscles, extra tired, migraines or headaches)
2. Identify the causes
  • Sort your stress into 3 categories- what you can control, what will get better with time and what is completely out of your control
3. Review your lifestyle
  • Is there too much on your plate?
  • Can you do things in a more leisurely way?
  • Prioritize and re-organize your life

Once things go back to normal 

Celebrating Community

This year for Child Abuse Prevention Month (April) we coordinated a very feel good project! We reached out to all of our partners and had them think about the ways that they help prevent child abuse, and how they help keep our families strong and our kids safe.

Their messages were then used to create this amazing quilt! Thank you Pat Bjerke for your time and creativity to make this happen. It's beautiful!

Each day this month we will be sharing a photo of each square on the quilt here. Come by and visit every day, and be sure to visit each of our partners and tell them THANK YOU for the great work they do for our kids.

We had hoped to have the quilt on display during the month of April, but since we all need to stay home and stay safe, we will make sure it makes a tour around the county after we are all able to be out and about again. Stay safe friends! 💙

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and we have 
a coloring page for you - for both kids and adults!

There are many benefits to coloring, 
including reducing anxiety and stress. We 
could all use a little of that right now. 💙

So print out the page, color it, then 
share your finished masterpiece on your 
Facebook page, and here with us!

Be sure to use the hashtag #pinwheelsforprevention .

Trauma-Informed Reading

Join us each month as we discover new books related to
 ACEs, Trauma-Informed Care and Resiliency. 

This month, we are sharing the book Coping Skills for Kids Workbook: Over 75 Coping Strategies to Help Kids Deal with Stress, Anxiety and Anger by Janine Halloran

Handling and coping with anxiety, stress and anger are important skills to learn in your life. Children should start learning these skills at a young age but not every child is able to learn on their own. By using four different categories- calming skills, distracting skills, physical skills and process skills- you can help children learn an use different coping skills to overcome daily stressful situations. 

We hope you'll share your thoughts and comments about this book with us. You can send us an email,, or visit our Facebook page and leave a comment for us, HERE.

Top Tips about Car Seat Safety

1. Buying the right car seat.
 Your baby needs to ride in a rear-facing seat until they turn 2 years old. When your child has outgrown that seat, you are reading for a forward-facing cat seat. Get more details about buying the right car seat for your child HERE.

2. Installing your cat seat.
You'll need to decide on using either the seat belt or lower anchors to secure your car seat. Both are safe but don't use both at the same time. Once your child is forward-facing, it is important to use the tether with the seat belt or lower anchors. Get more details about installing your car seat HERE.

3. Get the right fit.
A properly-fitted harness gives the best possible protection for your child. Get more details for getting the right fit HERE.

4. When to change your cat seat.
Look on the car seat label to make sure your child is still within the weight, height and age limits for that seat. Get more details about when to change your car seat HERE.

Bike Safety Tips

1. Wear a properly fitted helmet. It's the best way to prevent head injuries.

2. Ride on the sidewalk when you can. If not, ride in the same direction that traffic is going and as far to the right hand side as possible.

3. Use hand signals and follow the rules of the road. Be predictable by making sure you ride in a straight line and don't swerve between cars.

4. Wear bright colors and use lights, especially when riding at night and in the morning. Reflectors on your bike and clothing help you be seen by others. 

5. Ride with your children. Stick together until you are comfortable that your kids are ready to ride on their own. 

Family Strengthening  
Mini-Grants Now Available!
We are excited to announce that funding is available for Family Strengthening mini-grant proposals for the 2019-20 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 Application

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.

Do you want to learn more about ACEs*, Trauma-Informed-Care, Resiliency and Resilient Amador?

The Resilient Amador coalition can now bring to your group, place of work, organization, or business an informative presentation on all of these topics.  

  • What are ACEs? 
  • How does childhood trauma affect us as adults? 
  • What impact can you make in your community to have resilient children and families?

Give us a call to schedule a presentation:  (209) 257-1092.

Learn more here: Resilient Amador

*ACEs ~ Adverse Childhood Experiences
Upcoming Events
Click HERE for a full list of current events in Amador County.
Free Mandated Reporter Training  
The second Thursday of every month, from 10:00 - 11:30 am, 
the Child Abuse Prevention Council is holding free mandated reporter trainings. April's meetings will be rescheduled. 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.  

Resilient Amador
Join CAPC in creating a county-wide effort to recognize and address 
the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences(ACEs) in Amador County. 

Next Steering Committee meeting: Rescheduled, TBA , 3:00-5:oopm 
Here at our CAPC offices, 975 Broadway, Jackson.   
Next CAPC Meeting
CAPC meetings are the third Monday of every other month.

Monday, Rescheduled, TBA, 10:30am-12:00pm
975 Broadway, Jackson,  (209) 223-5921,

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.
About CAPC
Our Vision
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.
Our Mission 
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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Amador Community Resources

For a wallet sized version for yourself, your organization/agency, or your place of work, give us a call - (209) 223-5921 (click HERE to print).

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