WATERVILLE — April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. This month and throughout the year, KVCAP encourages individuals and organizations to play a role in making Maine a better place for children and families. By ensuring that parents have the knowledge, skills and resources they need to care for their children, KVCAP can help promote children’s social and emotional well-being and prevent child maltreatment within families and communities.

The protective factors are five things that researchers have studied and identified as being necessary for families to have in order to thrive. The five protective factors are: Parental resilience, social connections, knowledge of parenting and child development, concrete support for families in times of need, and social and emotional competence of children, according to a KVCAP news release.

“Communities play an important role in protecting children and supporting families. Child Abuse is preventable. The best way to prevent child abuse is to stop it before it happens,” said Lanelle Freeman, director of KVCAP’s Social Services department, in the news release. “We have a wide array of programs that support the prevention of child abuse and neglect.”

A listing of KVCAP’s child abuse prevention events for April include an Awareness Vigil from 5:30 to 6 p.m. April 1 in Castonguay Square in Waterville; the annual kick-off event is set for 8:30-10 a.m. Friday, April 3, at Winslow Elementary; and Skowpendous, a free family fun night, is set for 5-7:30 p.m. April 24 in the Skowhegan municipal parking lot. To show support for the prevention of child abuse, wear blue on April 10.

Throughout April, Wicked Whoopies is partnering with the Maine Children’s Trust and the Maine Child Abuse Prevention Councils to promote child abuse prevention. A mini Wicked Whoopie has been created to promote prevention. All proceeds from the sale of these treats will be donated to further the prevention efforts in Maine. These mini-whoopie pies can be purchased at either of the Wicked Whoopie retail locations in Freeport or Farmingdale, as well as through KVCAP’s Child Abuse Council.

For more information on these events or to purchase Wicked Whoopie minis, visit kvcap.org or call 859-1578.

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