COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and we can't think of a better time than now to urge any new parent or any parent struggling with issues of child-rearing to realize help is close by.
Raising a child can be difficult and the challenges can have the potential to create frustration and stress which, when extreme, can lead to mistreatment of children or even child abuse.
Of course there are many kinds of abuse that can adversely affect a child's life.
The problem is it usually lasts for the rest of their life.
But there are also websites and easy mobile apps to get new parents on the right track... like "text4baby" that provides new or expectant mothers time-specific answers and tips to help parents know what to expect and to offer proactive ways to cope with new parent stress.
Muscogee County has one of 46 statewide child advocacy centers called The Children's Treehouse, which strives to provide professional services on the investigation of child abuse and for families in need of counseling services to feel at ease.
It can also help parents with finding other resources to keep kids safe.
A list of links to those sites can be found below.
Please take a few moments to think about what you or someone in your family may need to help them keep their children protected against abuse: at home, with relatives and at school.
Our children are the future... but it's up to us to place our children's safety and security at the top of the list of parenting responsibilities.
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