April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. At Infant Crisis Services we are passionate about preventing and raising awareness of abuse. This month, if you drive by our building, you'll notice our trees are wrapped in blue ribbon, a show of solidarity among businesses and organizations who are taking a stand against child abuse.
It's a serious issue in Oklahoma, and one that is on the rise. In 2012, there were more than 9,800 cases of child abuse reported in our state. Nationwide, more than three million cases are reported each year -- one every ten seconds.
We invite you to participate next Tuesday, April 8 in Child Abuse Prevention (CAP) Day at the State Capitol. The Oklahoma State Department of Health and several partnering agencies and organizations will be hosting a diaper drive for Infant Crisis Services as part of the solution to end abuse.
Studies have shown that parents who cannot afford an adequate supply of diapers experienced higher levels of anxiety and depression, two factors that often lead to child abuse or neglect.
The guilt that a caregiver often feels when they are unable to provide clean diapers adds stress and tension to the already difficult task of parenting.
If you would like to participate in this drive, the community is urged to drop off diapers in the second floor rotunda of the State Capitol beginning at 7 a.m. on April 8. We hope to see you there!
Posted on Thu, April 3, 2014
by Melissa Smuzynski