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Friday, October 2, 2020
Amador Child Abuse Prevention Council -Oct 2020
Child Abuse Prevention
Keeping an Eye
on Our Kids
Are you a mandated reporter?
Though everyone should report suspected child abuse, some professions require specialized training to identify the signs of suspected abuse and neglect they may encounter in their role as educator, childcare provider, or healthcare worker. But these aren’t the only professionals who can identify and report suspected abuse.
Many volunteers and community members are in a position to help stop or prevent child abuse and neglect by taking action. All it takes is the knowledge and tools to identify signs of abuse and file a report. As a mandated reporter, you’re in a key role to help children and families. It’s critical that you know how to recognize the signs of abuse and what to do when abuse is suspected.
The primary intent of the reporting law is to protect the child from abuse and neglect. However, a report of suspected child abuse or neglect may also present an opportunity to provide help for the family. Parents who are under stress may be unable to ask for help directly, and may not know where or how to access support/help. A report of suspected abuse or neglect may be the catalyst for bringing about change in the home environment, which in turn may help to lower the risk of abuse or neglect in the home.
If you would like to receive training as a mandated reporter - for the first time or to renew your previous training - please contact the Child Abuse Prevention Council. We conduct trainings on the second Thursday of each month. We can also conduct trainings for your place of work or for a group of volunteers or community members scheduled at your convenience. For the time being, these trainings are done virtually, so some technological support is needed. Call or email us with your questions or to RSVP for a training: (209) 223-5921, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Learning About the Impact of
Trauma on Our Health
Resilience: noun /rəˈzilyəns/
the ability to recover from difficulties.
Hope and resilience are keys to buffering the negative effects of adverse childhood, environmental, community, cultural and now pandemic experiences.
Recent research shows that early childhood trauma can play a serious role later in life. It can have a profound impact on the future well-being of families. Parents who experienced early childhood trauma are especially vulnerable to stress. Building resilience for themselves and their children is vitally important.
But supportive relationships, role models, connecting to others in a community, and access to resources can help build resilience.
In addition, by creating a common language to describe the effects of trauma on individuals and community, we can better understand the behavior signs that warn of an overwhelmed nervous system.
Gaining self-awareness and an understanding of the forces that shape us - not only during the pandemic, but as we deal with additional stressors, such as the disastrous fires in the west and racial inequity unrest - helps us to know how to seek out positive experiences that build resilience.
This month, there is an exciting opportunity to learn more about Resilience and what it means for you, your family, and your community. Hosted by the Calaveras Trauma Consortium, this free virtual one-day conference is targeted to educators, service providers, treatment professionals, parents, and community members interested in building more trauma-informed and resilient communities.
Keynote Speaker California Surgeon General Dr. Nadine Burke Harris will focus on ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences), toxic stress, and her initiative, ACES Aware, to significantly reduce the prevalence of ACEs.
Guest Speaker Calaveras Health Officer Dr. Dean Kelaita will address more specifically the impact of ACEs within the perspective of our rural community, offering a baseline from which local multi-agency collaboration can grow resilience within our homes, agencies, and schools.
Afternoon workshops led by local experts will be offered in three different tracks: Parents, Treatment Professionals, and Educators. Break times will offer mindfulness, yoga, and regulation activities.
Monday, November 2
8:00am - 4:oopm
Join any or all of the conference, as your schedule allows.
Lead can damage a child’s brain and nervous system.
Lead exposure is especially dangerous for children under the age of six because their rapidly growing and developing bodies absorb more lead.
Lead poisoning can cause permanent learning and behavioral problems that make it difficult for children to succeed in school.
Most children get lead poisoned from deteriorating lead paint from homes built before 1978 or from soil containing lead from gasoline residue when:
Lead-based paint chips or peels,
Lead-based paint is disturbed during repairs or renovations,
Lead contaminates soil along roadways, near buildings, or near homes,
Lead dust from paint and soil accumulates in and around homes,
Lead dust settles on bare soil around the home where children play,
Lead dust settles on toys, fingers, and other things children put in their mouths.
A blood lead test is the only way to know if a child has lead poisoning.
Most children with lead poisoning do not look or act sick.
Children at risk of lead exposure should be tested at both one and two years of age.
At-risk children three- to six-years old who were not tested at ages one and two should have a blood lead test.
Free blood-lead testing is
available for most children.
Parents can talk to their child’s doctor about getting tested for lead.
Children who receive services from Medi-Cal or Child Health and Disability Prevention (CHDP) are eligible for free testing. To find out about eligibility for Medi-Cal, call 1-800-880-5305.
Private health insurance plans will also pay for the test.
Parents and caregivers can help
prevent childhood lead
Wiping clean or taking off shoes before entering the home,
Washing children’s hands and toys often,
If lead-based paint is on any surface inside or outside the home, wet mop and wash the surfaces often.
Before painting or remodeling, always follow lead-safe work practices.
*Excerpted from California Department
of Public Health Fact Sheet on Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention.
For more information, contact Amador County
Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program at (209) 223–6407.
Thursday, Oct 8
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.
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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.