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Child advocacy council seeks your input

Jan 29, 2013

The Henry County Child Advocacy Council (HCCAC) has begun work on writing for Iowa Child Abuse Prevention Program (ICAPP) grant funds and seeks input from anyone living or working in Henry County to participate in an informal conversation about the prevention of child abuse of Henry County children.

The meeting will be Tuesday, Feb. 5, from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the lower level of the Iowa State University Extension office, 127 N. Main St., Mt. Pleasant.

ICAPP funds are available to child abuse prevention councils that are present in nearly every county in Iowa.  HCCAC, through Healthy Henry County Communities, serves as your local child abuse prevention council and believes it’s much more effective to prevent child abuse than to treat the effects after the fact.  Through the use of a survey new to ICAPP, the annual report, produced by Prevent Child Abuse Iowa and the national Hornby Zeller Association, shows child abuse prevention programs are productive in supporting at-risk families. The full report is available on Prevent Child Abuse Iowa’s website.

“The new protective factors survey has enabled us to measure change at the individual and program level for the first time,” said ICAPP Director Kelly Davydov with Prevent Child Abuse Iowa. “Our findings show that child abuse prevention efforts are effective in helping families build the supports they need to ensure Iowa’s children grow up in a safe, nurturing environment.”

HCCAC is requesting your insight at the Feb. 5 meeting on identifying the greatest needs/problems that prevent Henry County children from being safe from abuse or neglect.

The project areas being considered for ICAPP funds in Henry County include projects that educate and inform community members about child abuse and its prevention; providing parents with parenting education information and access to community resources; parent development focusing on parenting techniques and age-appropriate behaviors while creating an informal, supportive network among participants; and sexual abuse prevention that educates parents, community members and children about sexual abuse and how to prevent it.

For questions or more information on how to become involved, please contact Arin Jones, Community Partnerships for Protecting Children Coordinator, at 385-8126 or arinj@mail.iastate.edu.

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