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Dove's Nest: April 2019
April 2019: Child Abuse Prevention Month

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.

Parenting for Prevention Study Guide

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.

Read more.

Bulletin Insert on Healthy Boundaries

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.

Were these materials helpful to you and/or your faith community? If yes, please consider a gift to Dove's Nest, so that we can continue to offer free, updated materials each April and throughout the year. 
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. 
  • Healthy Families America is the signature program of Prevent Child Abuse America. 
  • Mennonite Central Committee Abuse Prevention offers resources to help individuals, families, and congregations address family violence and sexual abuse.
  • Protect Young Minds empowers parents, professionals, and community leaders to protect young kids from pornography and promote healing from any sexual exploitation.
  • The Mama Bear Effect offers down-to-earth educational resources help families and communities all over the world protect children from the threat of sexual abuse. 
Dove's Nest Upcoming Events

New York Mennonite Conference
Rochester, NY
April 6, 2019

American Baptist Churches of Nebraska
North Platte, NE
April 27, 2019

Pennsylvania Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
Hamburg, PA
March 31, 2019

Pennsylvania Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
Pittsburgh, PA
May 5, 2019

Christian Reformed Church 
Grand Rapids, MI
May 16, 2019

Chicago Community Mennonite
Chicago, IL
May 18, 2019

Camp Amigos Centre
Sturgis, MI
June 11, 2019 

Mennonite Church USA Convention: 4 Seminars and a Booth!
Kansas City, MO
July 2–6, 2019 

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