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April is National Child Abuse Awareness Month

The Child Welfare information Gateway offers resources on child abuse and neglect, including definitions, identification of signs and symptoms, statistics and data, risk and protective factors, perpetrators, the impact on individuals and society, and fatalities. The Montgomery County Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline, 240-777-4417, investigates reports of suspected child abuse and neglect to ensure the safety of children and help families stay together. These services are available to Montgomery County residents: (Abuse/Violence Prevention) (Support for Abused Children) (Parenting Skills Classes) FYI Tip Sheets from the Children’s Bureau, within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

April is the Month of the Young Child

Parents and caregivers of Young children, from birth to aged 5, are a unique population, and are need of tools to help care for and nurture their children. It’s the mission of young child serving agencies to ensure that all babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers have a strong, healthy start in life, and are socially and emotionally ready for kindergarten. Among the services available for this population, are programs focusing on maternal and child health, child care provider support, screenings and assessments, and family support services. These services are available to Montgomery County caregivers and professionals. Contact Montgomery County’s Childlink, for additional information and referral services for families with young children. 240-777-4769 or Maryland’s Advocates for Children and Youth, 410-547-9200 for information on policy issues. FYI Little Kids, Big Questions: A Parenting Podcast Series From ZERO TO THREE™ #earlychildhood

March is National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

People with developmental disabilities can reach their full potential with encouragement and the right set of opportunities. There are a full spectrum of services to help people with disabilities live secure, fulfilling lives. Developmental disabilities are a group of conditions due to an impairment in physical, learning, language, or behavior areas. About one in six children in the U.S. have one or more developmental disabilities or other developmental delays. Diagnosed conditions may include autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, or spina bifida. Among the services available for this population, programs focus on promoting self-determination, integration, and inclusion. Contact Montgomery County’s Commission on People with Disabilities, 240-777-1246 (V), MD Relay 711, for further supports and information. FYI Know your rights- Vote! Be #DDAware

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