Partnership for Children of the Foothills recognizes National Child Abuse Prevention Month

Published 12:21 pm Monday, April 15, 2024

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FOOTHILLS—April is National Prevent Child Abuse Month. To raise awareness, the Partnership for Children of the Foothills will educate Polk, Rutherford and McDowell communities on recognizing signs of abuse and adverse childhood experiences and building resilience. This month, it also wants to recognize the excellent work happening in organizations that support families of children from birth to five years of age.

“The Partnership for Children of the Foothills strives hard to address and provide support for all areas of early childhood development,” said Executive Director Barry Gold. “The adverse childhood experiences education program is one vital part of this. With April being National Prevent Child Abuse Month, we want to highlight that roughly 64% of adults have experienced adverse childhood experiences. Working together in our communities to create a better awareness, we can build a hopeful future together.”

The Partnership for Children is hands-on in educating about adverse childhood experiences, with goals and objectives aimed at preventing them before they happen, identifying those who’ve had adverse childhood experiences and responding using trauma-informed approaches in order to create the conditions for strong, thriving families and communities where all children and youth are free from harm and all people can achieve lifelong health and wellbeing.

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Join Partnership for Children of the Foothills in raising awareness by wearing blue this week. Snap a selfie and post it to your Facebook or Instagram account with the hashtag #PreventChildAbuseintheFoothills.

To learn more about the other programs the Partnership for the Children of the Foothills provides, visit

Submitted by Desiree Magnant