Fort McCoy News April 12, 2013

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month; All have a role

Everyone can play a role in helping to prevent child abuse in the Fort McCoy community, said Terry Rogalla.

Rogalla, Fort McCoy's Family Advocacy Program manager, said Child Abuse Prevention Month will be observed in April. The theme is "Protecting Children: It's Everyone's Job."

Several events have been planned in the Fort McCoy community to help personnel become more knowledgeable on the subject, he said.

A workshop for parents on the topic of bullying will be held Wednesday, April 24 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Fort McCoy Army Community Service (ACS) Center, building 2111.

A Love and Logic parenting course will be held in three sessions April 25, May 9 and May 16.

Love and Logic provides simple solutions and practical techniques to help parents raise responsible children of all ages and even have fun doing it, Rogalla said.

During April, ACS also is hosting resource tables with information about child abuse prevention for the Fort McCoy community at the Exchange, building 1538; McCoy's, building 1571; and the Community Activity Center, building 2000.

"The Army experienced an increase in reported child abuse from August 2006 to the end of 2011," Rogalla said. "It will take all of us, not just parents, caregivers, and those who work with children to help prevent child abuse."

Resources are available in the Fort McCoy community to help protect against child abuse, he said.

Families in the surrounding communities, also can visit the Parenting Place, which offers parent coaching assistance in group, class, or individual settings to best suit parents' needs, he said. The Parenting Place has staffing in Sparta, Tomah, Onalaska and La Crosse. For more information, visit the website www.theparentingplace.net or call: Sparta, 608-269-3151, ext. 6116; Tomah, 608-374-4190; Onalaska and La Crosse, 608-784-8125 or toll-free 800-873-1768.

For more information about ACS programs, call 608-388-3505/2412 or visit building 2111.