April Is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. This month and throughout the year, Savannah/ Chatham CASA encourages all individuals and organizations to play a role in making Chatham County a better place for children and families. By ensuring that parents have the knowledge, skills, and resources they need to care for their children, we can help promote children’s social and emotional well-being and prevent child maltreatment within families and communities.

Research shows that when parents possess six protective factors, the risk for neglect and abuse diminish and optimal outcomes for children, youth, and families are promoted. The six protective factors are nurturing and attachment, knowledge of parenting and of child and youth development, parental resilience, social connections, concrete supports for parents, and social and emotional developmental well-being.

“April is a time to celebrate the important role that communities play in protecting children,” said ZaDonna Slay, executive director. “Everyone’s participation is critical. Focusing on ways to build and promote the protective factors, in every interaction with children and families, is the best thing our community can do to prevent child maltreatment and promote optimal child development.”

Join Savannah/ Chatham CASA at local awareness events in recognition of the month of prevention: Dine Out for CASA at the following locations. A percentage of sales will benefit CASA: Ruby Tuesday of Pooler, 110 Pooler Pkwy & Ruby Tuesday of Savannah Mall, 14045 Abercorn St. Wednesday April 2nd, 16th, & 30th All Day! Must present event flyer. Visit www.savannahcasa.org

Chick-fil-A Pooler, 180 Pooler Parkway, Thursday, April 10th, 5pm – 7:30pm

Lulu’s Chocolate Bar, 42 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd., Tuesday, April 15th, 6pm – 8pm

Charity Sales for CASA at the following businesses: • Creative Approach, 408 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd., Friday, April 11th, 9am – 5pm 15% of sales for the day will be donated to Savannah/ Chatham CASA • Savannah Yoga Barre, 2132 E Victory Dr., Sunday, April 27th, 4pm – 5:30pm Benefit yoga class – $20 per student • Belk Charity Sale, Oglethorpe Mall, 7804 Abercorn St., Saturday, May 3rd, 6am – 10am $5 tickets can be purchased from the Savannah/Chatham CASA office

The month will culminate with our Annual Meeting and Volunteer Appreciation Recognition program on Thursday, May 1, 2014. The event will showcase program highlights and volunteer recognition.

For more information and details regarding our month of awareness events, visit our website at www.savannahcasa.org or contact our office at (912) 447-8908.

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