April is Child Abuse Prevention Month – and Tina Ostrander with Regional Medical Center’s Parents as Teachers says it’s an important topic.
Ostrander says the architecture of a child’s brain is built over time. Adverse Childhood Experience such as neglect or parental substance abuse can damage the brain’s architecture, but loving relationships, stimulating experiences and healthy environments can build a solid foundation to support children into adulthood. The National Institute of Mental Health has some interesting numbers to share – and this is before the pandemic hit.
Regional Medical Center Parents as Teachers is working to help families in Delaware County. They help caregivers manage stress, strengthen connections, learn parenting skills and access resources so that they can create stable and healthy environments for their children. And they encourage the community to play a role in preventing child abuse too.
If you feel you need to report child abuse, call the Department of Human Services at 1-800-362-2178. Or if you’d just like to speak with a Parents as Teachers educator at RMC, you can call 927-7551.
photo courtesy of RMC