Thursday, September 3, 2020

Amador Child Abuse Prevention Council - September 2020

Child Abuse Prevention
September 2020
Keeping an Eye on Our Kids
Due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, reports of suspected child abuse have decreased. With schools closed for distance learning and most extracurricular activities cancelled, children have less contact with mandated reporters, like teachers or coaches.

As families struggle to navigate these challenging times, many factors such as health concerns, lack of control, and the fear of the unknown are leading to increased stress, anxiety, and sometimes an increase in the use of alcohol and drugs as coping strategies, but children could face neglect and abuse made worse by these difficult situations.

You can help!
Most reports of abuse involve neglect, so finding ways to support families who are stretched too thin - emotionally and/or financially - is critical. Local groups are stepping up to make resources available during this uncertain time, but neighbors and friends can help too:
· Purchase gift cards to local businesses for families for take  out meals, groceries, or gas
· Share information about community resources and organizations that help families
· Offer to be phone support while someone is trying to navigate finding the help they need
· If someone is an essential worker, make them a meal or offer child care
· Lend a listening ear, having someone to turn to during stressful times eases the sense of isolation and hopelessness

What If I Suspect Something?
Most indicators of abuse are relatively easy
to spot in person, from unexplained injuries to drastic mood changes. If you suspect abuse, try to "get some eyes on the kids" to determine if a child is safe.
Try to get a child on a video call or face-time to see if they seem to be eating enough, what their mood is like, or if they show obvious signs of physical trauma. 
Remember, it’s not up to you to PROVE the abuse or neglect is happening, it’s simply enough to have reasonable suspicion and to be concerned about that child’s safety.
To report suspected child abuse
or neglect in Amador County
call toll free 1-844-835-3685
or (209) 223-6550.

Resources for Amador County
It's been said often recently, these are challenging times.

As a result of Covid-19 many folks are facing struggles that they have never faced before. In light of this, Resilient Amador - a coalition of organizations, agencies, and community members focusing on the issues of trauma and its impacts on families and community - has put together this one page resource page with valuable contacts here in Amador County that can help.

Remember, you are never alone, help is always just a phone call away.
Share or print the resource page HERE.
Suicide Prevention Week and World Suicide Prevention Day
September 7th kicks off Suicide Prevention Week and World Suicide Prevention Day, a time in which individuals and organizations around the country and the world join their voices to broadcast the message that suicide can be prevented, and to reach as many people as possible with the tools and resources to support themselves and those around them. The month of September also holds National Recovery Month, a time in which to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders and celebrate the people who have found recovery.   

If you or someone you know is at risk
of suicide, please contact the
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
at 1-800-273-8255

Connect ~ Reach Out ~ Inspire Hope ~ Offer help

Want to know more about Suicide Prevention efforts in Amador County?
Call 209 223-6315. 
September is Baby Safety Month
Parents and caregivers have many responsibilities, but keeping baby safe and healthy is a number one priority! Whether you are expecting your first baby, are a child care provider, adding to your growing family, or are a grandparent, now is an ideal time to put into action some simple steps to keep baby safe. By following the guidelines in the link and video below, you can ensure that you are creating a safe space for your baby to grow, learn and play.
Click  here  for guidelines on
baby safety, and click 
on the 'play' button below! 
September is Baby Safety Month
Congratulations to Nexus Youth & Family Services!
In May, The Social Changery, on behalf of Each Mind Matters, conducted discussions with community-based organizations across California to share Each Mind Matters resources, better understand the challenges organizations were facing due to COVID-19, and how organizations were overcoming these barriers.  The Nexus Therapeutic Services Coordinator and Youth Programs Manager spoke in depth with Social Changery staff regarding the Nexus COVID-19 interim service plan that was put into place beginning in mid-March. As a result of this meeting, Nexus was one of 2 programs in the state of California that was featured as a case study by Each Mind Matters at the California Mental Health Advocacy for Children and Youth (CMHACY) annual conference. Watch the full video below!
CMHACY - Each Mind Matters Case Study on Nexus YFS-3 views (unlisted)
Upcoming Events

Tuesday Sept 8
3:00pm-4:00pm - via Zoom
Join CAPC in creating a county-wide effort to recognize and address the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences(ACEs) in Amador County. Email or call (209)223-5921 CAPC for the zoom invite link.
Thursday, Sept 10
10:00am-12:00pm - via Zoom
Free Mandated Reporter Training  
The second Thursday of every month, 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 or email us to RSVP.  

Monday Sept 21
10:30am-12:00pm - via Zoom
CAPC Council Meeting
The third Monday of every other month. Join us to learn more about the work we're doing in Amador County to strengthen families and prevent child abuse. Give us a call, (209) 223-5921 or email us for more information.
How does childhood trauma impact our lives, our places of work, and our community? Much more than you might realize.

The Resilient Amador coalition can now help your group, place of work, organization, or business learn more about:  
  • How does childhood trauma affect us as adults? 
  • ACEs - Adverse Childhood Experiences - and how they impact our physical health as adults
  • What impact you can make in your community to have resilient children and families?

Learn more here: Resilient Amador.
Learn more about ACEs, the impacts of childhood trauma,
and resiliency HERE.
Amador Community Resources
Click HERE for a full list of current events in Amador County. For a printed, wallet-sized version of these local organizations and resources, give us a call
(209) 223-5921 (click HERE to print).
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Family Strengthening Mini-Grants
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.
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!
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