April: Army Child Abuse Prevention
|Although child abuse isn’t something that is seen often
in the Fort McCoy community, it can and does occur, so it is important
people are informed about it, said Terry Rogalla.
Rogalla, Fort McCoy’s Family Advocacy Program (FAP) manager, said the
program’s resources are being spotlighted during April, which is Army
Child Abuse Prevention Month. Child abuse prevention awareness services
are provided in the installation community by the FAP, which is aligned
under Army Community Service (ACS).
The Army theme for the month is, “It’s no secret … everyone can help.
Keep Army Children Safe and Healthy.”
“ACS offers classes, advocacy services and the opportunity for parents
to talk to professionals to get the information they need,” Rogalla
said. “We have many things to help people be better parents/caregivers
and deal with challenging events in their lives.”
Information is targeted at both adults and youth, he said.
Rogalla said the Monroe County Child Abuse Prevention Task Force, of
which FAP is a member, held a contest to design a T-shirt to publicize
Child Abuse Prevention Month and received entries from the community’s
fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders to incorporate a design and poem about
the subject of child abuse.
The winning poem, submitted by sixth-grader Tyler Brandau, reads: “Child
Abuse; All children are special! Keep them safe! Treat them nicely. Stop
all the madness and sadness. Child abuse is terrible, please stop it!
Kids are fragile, protect them!”
During April, FAP also will have resource tables available at several
locations with information about child abuse prevention.
Rogalla said these tables will be located at the Community Activity
Center, building 2000; McCoy’s, building 1571; and the Exchange,
The FAP offers various programs to provide information about parenting
skills and child abuse awareness scenarios.
Rogalla said the Military and Family Life Consultant (MFLC) program also
provides short-term, situational, solution-focused counseling services
to all military (active, reserve and retired), as well as DoD civilian
and contracted employees and their Families. MFLC counselors are located
right here on Fort McCoy.
Staff members in the installation’s Child, Youth and School Services
program receive annual training in child abuse prevention and
recognition per Army Regulations. Commanders, senior NCO leaders and
installation first responders also receive a FAP brief annually.
FAP’s prevention campaign requests everyone to: “Recognize” signs of
distress that can lead to abuse and take action; “Rethink” wellness and
ways to stay healthy; “Reach Out” for professional health; and “Report”
child abuse and neglect, he said.
Eligible people in the Fort McCoy community, including Soldiers,
Department of the Army civilians, contract employees and their Family
members can use FAP resources and services, Rogalla said.
For more information about child abuse prevention/awareness and FAP
resources, call ACS at 608-388-3505/2412. Information about ACS/FAP and
classes is also available at the website
Rogalla said eligible personnel also can be added to the recipient list
for the ACS Monthly Newsletter, which lists upcoming classes and events.