April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Child abuse is a heartbreaking part of our world, but it is a preventable. Research shows that prevention methods and parenting training courses work. In 2022, the JLC’s partner, Family Nurturing Center, reached more than 10,000 individuals through free education, prevention, and counseling services.
Providing a judgment-free environment and nurturing environment for all families makes the Family Nurturing Center’s services an effective tool for the community in preventing and treating adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). With the avoidance of ACEs, our next generation will go on to foster healthier ideas as they grow. The Junior League of Cincinnati has helped support the mission of creating a nurturing environment for all by helping update Family Nurturing Center’s Cincinnati office with upgraded furniture, providing holiday decorating, and plans to create an on-site mural this year.
“All families deserve beauty, so improving the decor and space will help spread the message that the families are deserving of nice things. [That] just because mistakes have been made, you don’t have to earn a nice space,” said Jane Herms, President and CEO of Family Nurturing Center.
You can show your support during Child Abuse Prevention Month in multiple ways this spring.
To kick off Child Abuse Prevention Month, Family Nurturing Center will be hosting a Blue Ribbon Ceremony at Tom Gill Chevrolet on Friday, March 24. This is the start of their month-long advocacy and education campaign. The JLC will also be supporting their annual Prom-themed fundraiser, “Prom for a Purpose,” on Friday, April 28 at Hotel Covington North.
You can also show your support by sharing social media posts and wearing blue during the month of April. Kentucky “Wear Blue Day” is Friday, March 31, and Ohio “Wear Blue Day” is Wednesday, April 12.