April is Child Abuse Prevention Month in the United States. Dove's Nest encourages faith communities to take time during April to consider the plight of abused children and find practical methods to end child abuse and neglect in the communities where they live, work, and worship. This year's focus is Parenting for Prevention, as we all know a parent is a child's first teacher! We hope to equip and encourage parents and caregivers to introduce Circle of Grace concepts and affirm them at home, whether or not the child is being taught Circle of Grace.
God has a vision for healthy relationships where all are respected, loved, and cared for. From early childhood to adulthood, our children are learning about their bodies and how to treat the bodies around them. As a faith community, we should be part of that journey. Download this three-page illustrated 2019 Parenting for Prevention study guide for parents and caregivers by Samuel Voth Schrag, Dove's Nest board member. You can utilize this guide as an individual, family, small group, or Sunday school class.
Download the 2019 Bulletin Insert by David Orr [doc] [pdf] that includes a prayer for children and a short reflection on the importance of healthy boundaries and consent from children's earliest years.
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Resources for Parents and Caregivers:
Aha! Parenting supports parents to create a more peaceful home—and happy, responsible, considerate kids!
Darkness to Light's work is guided by the vision of a world free from child sexual abuse, where children can grow up happy, healthy, and safe.
Early, Open, Often believes you need to talk openly to your child about sexual abuse, early and often, and they offer help on what to say.