-- KEEPING THE FAMILY MEMBERS YOU ALREADY HAVE AND LOVE SAFE
Americans work hard to protect their children, but child abuse and
neglect remain at unacceptably high levels with nearly 900,000 U.S.
youngsters hurt each year. Since many of even the best-intentioned
parents don't know how to prevent abuse and the conditions under which
it may come about, the 125-year-old national children's crisis charity
KidsPeace is offering free downloadable information packets called,
"24 Ways You Can Prevent Child Abuse ... Before it Starts." Parents,
teachers and others can go to http://www.kidspeace.org (click on "resources"
and "brochures") and find two dozen simple yet effective tips to Make
Your Home Safe, Give Your Child Trust and Build Communication, Give
Your Child Independence, and Give Your Child Self-Esteem.
And to keep children and families healthy and happy during National
Family Month year-round, remember:
-- Expert Help for Kids at http://www.TeenCentral.net/gethelp . TeenCentral is
a unique, free problem-solving websource that provides clinically
screened help to defuse stresses leading to crises, depression,
substance abuse, eating disorders and other problems
-- Expert Help for Adults at http://www.kidspeace.org to identify and relieve
pressures on today's kids.
"National Family Month is an opportunity to talk with our kids about
the issues that most affect us and our family lives together," says
KidsPeace Acting President Dr. Lorrie Henderson. "We urge every family to
get involved, add to your family, or enjoy rediscovering in some new way
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