April is National Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month.
There are many ways that our community can make a difference in the lives of children who have experienced abuse and neglect. It starts with individuals recognizing the needs of those around them, and then determining how much time and effort can be dedicated to help meet those needs.
Ways to become involved:
Become a foster parent: There is a tremendous need for loving, nurturing foster homes for children in our community who have experienced child abuse, neglect, or difficult family crisis. Foster homes that are able to accommodate teens and/or sibling groups are especially needed.
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Mentor: Develop a committed relationship with a youth/child in care providing them with support and guidance.
Volunteer: Offer tutoring, other services or assist with a current project.
Donate: Help to meet the needs of a foster child. Provide diapers, wipes, packages socks/underwear, children’s clothing, furniture, toys.
Encourage: Thank a foster parent for their service to our community. Is there a tangible way you can brighten their day?
Care enough to call: If you suspect child abuse or neglect, please call 1-855-552-KIDS statewide, or 208-334-KIDS in the Treasure Valley.
Visit www.icwrtc.org or call 2-1-1 for information.
Monique Layton, Nampa