Community gears up for Child Abuse Prevention Month

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Published: Apr. 2, 2017 at 12:53 PM EDT
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By: Erika Fernandez

April 2, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- April is Child Abuse Prevention month, and studies show a steady decrease in child abuse and neglect. Every April, Florida participates in the national Child Abuse Prevention Campaign to protect Florida’s most precious citizens.

Prevent Child Abuse Florid is determined to help families navigate through tough times, regardless of every day stresses.

"All parents, myself included, face stress factors, and all parents get to a point of time where you doubt your parenting abilities," said Jennifer Hartshorne of Prevent Child Abuse Florida.

Helping remind families that all kids deserve a great childhood, Harsthorne is working to support families and helping children succeed.

"Every single child deserves a healthy, happy childhood. So we as a community and as individuals, we have a moral obligation to do everything we can to help our children in our state, in our city, and in our neighborhoods," Hartshorne said.

Soon, pinwheels will scatter the streets of Florida as part of a campaign reminding folks that it takes a village to raise a child.

"Child abuse and neglect is a very broad term but we want to look out for stressors that parents are experiencing every day and we want to think about how we can help families navigate through those life stresses," Hartshorne said.

And giving parents the resources they need to have positive parenting practices.

"We are a little less connected to our communities as we used to be so having the community support around families and around programs that support families is extremely important," Hartshorne said.

The Pinwheels for Prevention Campaign will kick off Tuesday morning at the Florida Governor's Mansion.