AMADOR COUNTY (April, 2018) – Commonly, when we see a child acting out, or behaving defiantly, we might ask, “What’s wrong with you?” But what if we re-framed the question and asked, “What’s happened to you?”
Children who experience abuse, neglect, lack of affection, abandonment, or other traumas like these are more likely to suffer from toxic stress. This actually erodes the foundation of their brain development and increases the likelihood of problems later in life. Recognizing the signs of trauma in children helps us to respond with kindness and compassion. By shifting the way we view children that are struggling, we can help them, and their families, find solutions to the problems they are experiencing.
There are three types of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), which are abuse, neglect, and household dysfunction. Some examples are physical, emotional, and sexual abuse, physical and emotional neglect, parental divorce, parental mental illness, mother treated violently, parental substance abuse, or having an incarcerated relative.
Experiencing these traumas as a child, can have a significant impact on physical and mental health as children become adults. As the number of ACEs increases, so does the risk for negative health outcomes. Possible risk outcomes can include smoking, lack of physical activity, alcoholism, drug use, missed work, obesity, diabetes, depression, heart disease, cancer, stroke, and others.
The Amador Child Abuse Prevention Council is currently focusing on bringing more education and awareness to the topics of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), and Trauma Informed Care. As a community, it’s important for everyone to understand the impacts that ACEs can have on our families, and how to approach these issues. Please join us for the following events that we have planned and will be participating in, for the month of April, during Child Abuse Prevention Month:
Friday, April 6 – Wear Blue Day
Folks across the US will band together to make a visible commitment to preventing child abuse and helping to create great childhoods nationwide, by wearing blue.
Wednesday, April 18 – Toward a Trauma-Informed Northern California Summit
The Child Abuse Prevention Center in Sacramento is bringing together leaders in family strengthening, child advocacy, and victim services to advance and expand trauma-informed support for families and children in Northern California.
Thursday, April 19 – Kids Day at the State Capitol
A fun-filled, educational event with a lot of free activities for kids. The event will include guest speakers,
performances, and various activities for children and youth.
Saturday, April 21 – Celebrate Our Children
Celebrating our children for 20 years! This year’s local event will feature exciting activities, food, a car seat safety check, petting zoo, entertainment, and fluoride varnishes. Everything is FREE. Event will be held at Argonaut High School from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.
Thursday, April 26 – Children’s Flag Raising Ceremony
Join us at 10:30 am for our first annual Children’s Flag Raising Ceremony. We will be joining counties throughout the state this week to take a moment to honor our young ones, and to remember why we do the work we do!
Saturday, April 28 – Safe Disposal Medicine Bin Kick-off Press Event
At 9:30 am, we will be giving a huge thank you to the Ione Police Department for hosting the first collection bin that will allow Amador County residents a way to safely dispose of their unwanted, controlled, and non-controlled medicines. This is one way that we can keep unused drugs out of the hands of children and teens, keeping them safe and healthy.
All month long:
The pinwheel has come to serve as the national symbol for the great childhoods that we want for all children. Throughout April, planting pinwheel gardens in honor of children in communities nationwide demonstrates how we can all support children and promote ways to create healthy and happy childhoods. Visit our garden all month at the CAPC offices, 975 Broadway in Jackson.
Knitting for a Cause – Period of Purple Crying
We are still collecting hand knit or crocheted purple caps for new parents, to help spread the word about the Period of Purple Crying. Find starter yarn and all the information you’ll need at KVGC Radio in Jackson, all this month!
For more information, please call the Amador Child Abuse Prevention Council at 223-5921. Please “like” us on Facebook, and visit our website at www.amadorcapc.org