Fort McCoy News April 10, 2015

FAP targets child-abuse prevention

STORY & PHOTO BY CODI FARMER
Army Community Service

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and this year, the Army Community Service (ACS) Family Advocacy Program (FAP) will draw attention to the theme "Preventing child abuse is everyone's business."


Garrison Commander Col. Steven W. Nott (left) was one of several
community leaders to sign a proclamation designating April as Child
Abuse Prevention Month. The event, held in Sparta, Wis., was
organized by the Monroe County Child Abuse Prevention Task Force.
Also pictured are other community leaders and local students who
won poetry and art contests related to the event.

The Fort McCoy community plays an important role in keeping children safe and healthy. Although child abuse isn't something seen regularly, it does take place. It is important everyone is aware of the warning signs.

Unfortunately, many people are hesitant to speak up and report because they are unsure how to report it or believe it is none of their business. However, child safety is everyone's business, and it only takes one person to make a difference in a child's life.

To help the Fort McCoy community become more knowledgeable about preventing child abuse, ACS is hosting a number of events in April. To begin the month, ACS FAP staff attended the Monroe County Child Abuse Prevention Task Force's yearly proclamation signing in Sparta, Wis. Many professionals from the community, as well as both the Tomah and Sparta mayors and Garrison Commander Col. Steven W. Nott, attended the event.

An educational workshop for parents on child-abuse prevention was held April 9. Also, the "Love and Logic" parenting course, offered in three sessions, started April 7. This course offers parents and other adults who work with children an opportunity to learn positive and practical techniques for raising responsible and self-disciplined children.

An informational table with resources regarding child-abuse prevention is displayed at McCoy's Community Club throughout the month.

Connecting with others and learning about supportive resources can help stop child abuse before it happens, so it is important that members of the Fort McCoy community work together to spread awareness.

For more information about programs at ACS, call 608-388-3505, visit building 2111, or go online to www.militaryonesource.mil.

   (Farmer is a social work student intern for ACS.)