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A Different Kind of April

As I’m sure you know, this is National Child Abuse Prevention Month.  It was designated in 1983 as a time to raise awareness about child abuse & neglect and to bring communities together to promote strategies for prevention and to take steps to improve the well-being of children.  The symbol of this month is a blue pinwheel.  I remember many years of seeing fields of blue pinwheels, and even “planting” them myself.  While I know that some organizations and individuals have still managed to display pinwheels, I haven’t been out to see them due to the COVID-19 quarantine.  I miss those pinwheels.

More importantly, I miss the community events that usually occur in April, but I know there have been many efforts to continue the spirit of this month through technology.  The Children’s Bureau is providing online resources through the Child Welfare Information Gateway.  Prevent Child Abuse America, and its chapters, are providing opportunities to participate in National Child Abuse Prevention Month through social media and other digital methods.  PCAA also has a virtual pinwheel map for which you can purchase pinwheels.  We at NFPN are proud to have a pinwheel in this garden!

I’d like to take this opportunity to highlight NFPN’s role in preventing child abuse & neglect.  We promote family preservation and reunification services, which are focused on secondary and tertiary prevention.  To support these efforts, NFPN offers many resources that can be accessed on/through our website.  Speaking of our website, it has recently been updated with new information … we recommend you check it out.

Our hearts go out to everyone who is struggling with COVID-19 and issues related to it.  We hope and pray that next April we’ll be joining together in person throughout the country to honor National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

 

Posted by Michelle Reines, NFPN Executive Director

 

 

 

Social Distancing

I recently saw this on Facebook: “Oh good, I was wondering how every company I’ve ever given my email was handing COVID-19”.  While I hesitate to fill your inbox or social media feed with yet another communication about the coronavirus, I would be remiss to ignore it.  Most of the services provided by agencies associated with NFPN involve at least some degree of in-person contact with families.  This puts workers, families and the general public at greater risk for spreading the virus.  On the other hand, these services are crucial to helping families deal with this crisis.  Workers often support families with health issues, and they also help families effectively cope with the stressors caused by increased isolation.  It’s vitally important to ensure families have accurate guidance at a time when there is so much misinformation.

At this point, we’re aware of the importance of proper hand-washing techniques, not touching our face and avoiding public gatherings.  Beyond this, many agencies are instructing their workers to cease in-person visits with their families for the next few weeks.  Workers are maintaining contact with families through phone calls, texts and FaceTime.  Agencies’ staff meetings are occurring through conference calls and video-conferencing services.  Fortunately, technology allows staff to stay in touch with each other and the families they serve.

In addition, I’d like to mention some of NFPN’s products/services that support working from home or in more socially-distant settings.  Although we often conduct in-person training with agencies, and we believe this is the most effective method to ensure comprehension and correct implementation of our tools and services, we also have other alternatives.  Live, online training can be provided on several topics, particularly the use of our tools.  We also offer training videos on the NCFAS-G, NCFAS-G+R and the Trauma/Well-Being Scales.  If you’d like more information on our forms of training, please contact me at director@nfpn.org or 888-498-9047.

We sincerely hope that you and the families you serve are staying healthy.  You are always on the front lines and this is even more true now.  NFPN deeply appreciates all that you do.  Best wishes to everyone!

Posted by Michelle Reines, NFPN Executive Director

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