Over the past few months, calls to the child abuse hotline are down 51%. Now, more than ever, it is important to do our part as a community to prevent child maltreatment. We all play a role in ensuring that parents have the resources and support they need to be successful.
Here are some things you can do to help your family, your neighbors, and your community build the resilience needed to make it through this crisis.
Check on your neighbors, friends and co-workers, especially those who have children or are in caregiver roles. It’s amazing how simple gestures such as a quick email or phone call can help someone who feels overwhelmed and isolated — it will help you, too.
Relax schedules so that they don’t add to the stress. Develop flexible routines that promote appropriate bedtimes, school work, mealtimes, hygiene and exercise. Make sure you include time for family and fun.
Take this opportunity to teach life skills to children and youth. This can include laundry, cooking, washing a car, setting a clock or building something
If you feel yourself becoming frustrated or stressed, you’re not alone. Take time out to practice self-care. Contact a friend or neighbor if you’re feeling overwhelmed and need to talk.
To report possible child abuse or neglect, please call JCC Social Services at 757-259-3201.