The month of April is Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention month. In 2013 there were 814 confirmed child abuse and neglect cases in Buncombe County and over half of these cases involved children under the age of six. Maltreatment of children happens across all cultural, racial and economic lines.
Children growing up in safe and nurturing environments have a leg up on those that don’t. In fact, the research shows that children who grow up exposed to stress and violence are more likely to develop serious health issues such as heart disease and diabetes. Buncombe County Health and Human Services continues to build community–wide supports that help make the safe and healthy choice the easy choice.
This month, we are focusing on four key areas that can save a child’s life:
Choose your caregiver carefully… and then think again
Never shake a baby
Ask for help – Good Parents are made – not born
Preventing SIDS – Practice Safe Sleep