All children should be supervised if they are around water. Whether it's a bathtub, any size of pool, fish pond, spa, ocean, lake or river; it is very possible for children to drown. Drowning is possible with less than 2 inches (6 centimeters) and young children are the most at risk age group. The number 1 cause of accidental death for children ages 1-4 is drowning.
- Children with underlying health conditions have a higher risk of drowning.
Seizure disorders or autism give children a higher risk when in the bathtub.
- Environment is an added risk factor.
People or families who spend a lot of time around water, especially during a vacation where the child is not familiar with their surroundings.
- Supervision is always key.
Supervision saves lives. Always stay within an arms reach of your child and never leave them alone with other young children.
- Skill offers some protection.
Swim lessons allow children to build confidence, increase comfort in water surrounding areas, and teach the basics to swimming. You can start swim lessons as young as age 1-4.
-Learn CPR and water rescue skills.
As a parent, you should know CPR just in case of an emergency. Keep a cellphone close by when you are at a pool or beach. Always put children who are not confident with their swimming skills in a life jacket, even if they're in the water for a short period of time.
- If children have access to kiddie pools, buckets, hot tubs, etc; make sure they are emptied or properly covered so your child cannot get into them when adults are not around.
"Do your part, be water smart!"
Safe and Sound Resource
Safe and Sound is a resource that offers different services for parents such as child safety classes, parenting classes, workshops and more. There is also a hotline for parents to call who may need support. Feel free to call the hotline before matters turn into more of a challenge.
Join us each month as we discover new books related to
ACEs, Trauma-Informed Care and Resiliency.
This month, we are sharing the book Your Survival Instinct Is Killing You
By Marc Schoen
The world that we live in today has adapted to so many changes in order to stay up-to-date and make further advances. In the day to day life, a person many encounter some small difficulties such as traffic, work, family related issues or stress. These things aren't really life threatening, but they may cause the brain to go into overdrive. If a person lives in a constant fight or flight mode for too long, negative outcomes will arise such as drug or alcohol problems, eating too much or too little, insomnia, anger issues, chronic pain or illness. The purpose of this book is to guide you in a different direction rather than fight or flight mode and to help conquer your fears.
We hope you'll share your thoughts and comments about this book with us. You can send us an email, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit our Facebook page and leave a comment for us, HERE.
Mini-Grants Now Available!
We are excited to announce that funding is available for Family Strengthening mini-grant proposals for the 2020-21 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.
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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. July meeting TBD. 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!
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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