2021 CAP Month Events
April 9th- Wear Blue Day - Wear blue in support of child abuse prevention and share your photos on social media with these hashtags: #turnICTblue, #WearBlueDay2021, #GrowingBetterTogether, #preventchildabuse.
All Month - Pinwheel Garden - Help us spread a pinwheel garden all over Kansas by displaying pinwheels colored or created by you in your window. Share photos with the hashtag #GrowingBetterTogether and tag CASA of Sedgwick County so we can see! Look for pinwheels as you get out for fresh air and share your sightings in the Kansas Pinwheel Garden Facebook group. Everyone can make great childhoods happen - especially you, especially now!
Pinwheel BINGO - Play Pinwheel BINGO! When you get four in a row, share this bingo card on facebook with the four activities you completed and use the #GrowingBetterTogether. Tag your @casasedgwick and encourage others to do the same!
Turn the City Blue - The accent lights on Kellogg and the four beams shining onto City Hall will be blue most of April in honor of Child Abuse Prevention.
Know the Signs of Abuse
The most important fact to understand is that child abuse and neglect happens in communities all across the country. Whether these communities are urban or rural, rich or poor, all parents, caregivers, and youth mentors should know the warning signs of child abuse and neglect and how to appropriately respond.
There are different kinds of abuse, including physical, sexual and emotional, and children who experience these kinds of abuse may not show the exact same warning signs. However, there are some indicators that can signal abuse in any form. Some of the major signs are:
- New Fears: Developing new fears in familiar situations, places, or people.
- Anger/Hostility: May take the anger they feel toward their abuser or situation out on others or on themselves.
- Sexual Behaviors: An abused or neglected child might act out sexually.
- Sleeping/Eating: A child might have problems sleeping or start having nightmares. Eating significantly more or less.
- Problems at School: A change in grades or behavior in school is common.
- Boundaries: Look for changes in the way a child interacts with others. Overly friendly to strangers, tolerate abuse, bullying, isolation, withdrawn, or become overly obedient.
- Self-Destructive: Look for signs of cutting, drug/alcohol use, physical harm, suicide attempts.
Resources for Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness:
- Children's Advocacy Centers - Kansas
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention
- Joyful Heart Foundation
- Kansas Children's Service League
- Mayo Clinic
- Prevent Child Abuse America
Protective Parenting - The Wichita Area Sexual Assault Center
Protective Parenting Education is for parents, grandparents, foster parents, caregivers, teachers, school staff & volunteers, youth coordinators, religious leaders; all who interact with our children. Protective Parenting curriculum instructs adults in the areas of child sexual abuse and personal safety for children. The program also includes: background information on incest and child sexual abuse; offender characteristics; behavioral and physical indicators of sexual abuse; how to talk with various ages of children about personal safety; ideas on how to respond if a child discloses information; how to support the healing process should sexual abuse occur; how a parent can set a good foundation for children for when the time comes for them to be in relationships as older teens and adults.
Darkness to Light - Stewards of Children - Child Advocacy Center of Sedgwick County
Darkness to Light - Stewards of Children - Kansas Children's Service League
Stewards of Children® is an evidence-based prevention training that teaches adults how to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. We know that when adults are informed, they take steps to protect children from sexual abuse. During the award-winning Steward of Children prevention training, you will hear from survivors who lived through child sexual abuse, experienced its immediate and long-term effects, and ultimately were able to find healing. You will hear from experts who work with children and families and confront abuse on a daily basis. Lastly, you will find concrete steps that you can take to protect the children in your life. Stewards of Children is the flagship prevention program by Darkness to Light (D2L).
Resilience and Adverse Childhood Experiences - Child Advocacy Center of Sedgwick County
This one-hour documentary examines into the science of ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) and the birth of a new movement to treat and prevent Toxic Stress. Extremely stressful experiences in childhood can alter brain development and have lifelong effects on health and behavior. The film is followed by a facilitated discussion.
The Ethical Imperative of Self-Care and Professional Wellness - Child Advocacy Center of Sedgwick County
Too often, the last person that helping professionals nurture and protect is themselves. This neglect undermines healthy practice and can harm our clients, our organizations, our families, and ourselves. We will tackle the costs of self-neglect, from stress and eroding health to compassion fatigue and job burnout, while engaging in some strong meaningful ways in which professionals can protect themselves and each other. Presented by Amy Kalb, DSW, LMSW & Shaunna Millar, LMSW.
Mandated Reporter - Child Advocacy Center of Sedgwick County
ACEs and Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope - Kansas Children's Service League
This training will provide a brief recap of Adverse Childhood Experiences followed by a screening of Resilience, a film that chronicles the promising beginnings of a national movement to prevent childhood trauma, treat toxic stress, and greatly improve the health of future generations. We will end with group discussion on family and community resilience and how we can help support families. This training is the same training as the 60 minute version, except that the video is fully shown in this training, whereas it is only partially shown in the 60 minute version. This training is approved by KDHE for child care licensing hours.
Adverse Childhood Experiences - Kansas Children's Service League
Children who grow up in safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments that foster hope and resilience are better prepared for lifelong health and well-being. The 1998 landmark Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Study demonstrated that many adults recall experiences - including abuse, neglect, substance abuse, and areas of household dysfunction - that led to lifelong poor physical and emotional health. While ACEs are important, an exclusive focus on adverse experiences risks labeling children and their families, and it neglects to turn attention toward the possibility for flourishing even in the face of adversity (Sege, R). Participants of this training will learn about the ACEs research including the impact on social connections, school readiness and the likelihood of developing negative health behaviors, learn about the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention framework being implemented to prevent ACEs called Essentials for Childhood: Safe, Stable, and Nurturing Relationships and Environments; and brainstorm concrete ways to cultivate relationships and environments that create a positive impact for children and families in our communities. This training is approved by KDHE for 1.0 child care licensing hours.
Child Abuse and Neglect Mandated Reporter Training - Kansas Children's Service League
Kansas law states that most professionals who work with children, including medical professionals, social workers, nurses, educators and more, are mandated reporters. This means that they are required by law to report suspicion of child abuse or neglect. Participants of this training will be able to define the various types of abuse and neglect, identify signs and symptoms of each type, and address areas of risk and protective factors. In addition, participants will learn the appropriate responses to suspected abuse or neglect, discuss what to do in the event of child disclosure, and understand Kansas mandated reporter laws. This training is approved by KDHE for 1.0 child care licensing hours.
Preventing Infant Abuse with the Period of PURPLE Crying - Kansas Children's Service League
The Period of PURPLE Crying® is the phrase used to describe the time in a baby's life when they cry more than any other time. Infants who cry a lot or are awake and fussy at night are a source of concern for many parents. Because of the normal increase in crying that occurs in the first months of a baby's life, parents and caregivers usually have questions. Crying is the most frequently reported trigger for why a parent or caregiver would shake a baby. Early prevention education is the key to decreasing the incidence of shaken baby syndrome and infant abuse. The Period of PURPLE Crying® is an evidence-based shaken baby syndrome primary prevention program, created by the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome. Come learn about the Kansas strategy, how PURPLE is being implemented in hospitals and agencies across the state, how the program was selected, and the research behind it. This training is geared toward those professionals who are working with families with new babies, whether through child care, home visitation programs, health departments, clinics, etc. This training is approved by KDHE for 1.0 child care licensing hours.
If there is an emergency situation, call your local law enforcement agency or 911. Reports of Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of an Adult or Child may be made to the Kansas Protection Report Center. 1-800-922-5330 or Online