What can I do to prevent child abuse and neglect?
Every child deserves the opportunity to grow up healthy and safe, and we should have no greater responsibility than the protection of our children against abuse and victimization.In order to become part of the solution, there are lots of things you can do to help protect children from abuse and neglect. Remember, if you SEE something, SAY something!! Report suspected child abuse immediately–it’s the law!!
Below are some simple suggestions:
Education is the key to prevention!! Educate yourself–Learn the Facts!! Teach all the children in your family how to be safe with people. Learn about child abuse and neglect and the warning signs. Listen to, reassure and believe children. Reach out to help parents of young children in your extended family – parents need all the support they can get. Let them know that it is okay to ask for help. Parenting can be very hard and stressful and all parents benefit from a little help at times.
Distribute Our “DID YOU KNOW” Child Abuse Statistics Flyer
Our “Did You Know” child abuse statistics flyer has the most recent, shocking child abuse statistics. Distribute this to the public to help educate everyone on this increasing epidemic plaguing our nation.
**DREAMCATCHERS FREE E-BOOK **
The Dreamcatchers for Abused Children Child Abuse Handbook is an educational self-help tutorial with information pertaining to all aspects of child abuse & neglect. It will teach you child abuse signs/symptoms, facts/ statistics, effects, intervention, reporting, prevention, and provide resources to help victims & survivors locate the help they need to obtain a full recovery. This handbook also provides state & local hotline numbers and contact agencies. Please visit this link to download your FREE e-book, or click below.
This FREE printable Child ID card provides parents and law enforcement with crucial information should your child ever become lost or missing. This card will allow for your child’s photograph, fingerprints, description and other important information. Parents, please keep this card in a safe place in case of an emergency.
If you are considering making a contribution, DREAMCATCHERSFOR ABUSED CHILDREN has many programs and services that would benefit from your generosity. Your tax-deductible contribution will be designated to promote child abuse awareness, intervention & prevention, along with support services for abuse victims. Any contribution you make will help us to fulfill our mission to prevent child abuse. If you have any questions or would like more information please email us at: [email protected] — Please click here for more info!
Donate an item, service or gift card/gift certificate to help aid abused children or our organization. If you would like to learn more about in-kind donations, please click here!
**DONATE A VEHICLE**
Donate your automobile, boat, motorcycle, jet ski or almost any other mode of transportation, working or not. Your donation will help benefit DREAMCATCHERS FOR ABUSED CHILDREN. If you would like to learn more about donating a vehicle, please click here!
**LEAVE A LEGACY**
“Leave a Legacy” is a campaign to help educate people from all walks of life about the possibility of making an estate gift to their charity of choice. Those of you who are able to give generously during our lifetime, and those who have been unable to make lifetime gifts, can discover ways to make major contributions through thoughtful, well planned wills and other gift techniques. Gifts may be in the form of money, property, investments or a portion of an estate. Learn more by clicking here!
**IN MEMORY–TRIBUTE MEMORIAL DONATIONS**
Commemorate a friend, family member, loved one, or an abused child by making a donation in their memory–give a lasting gift that fights back against child abuse and lives on for years to come. Learn more by clicking here!
Our shirts themselves are part of our story, as DFAC has sparked countless conversations that begin with the question, “What does your shirt stand for?” We love hearing about these conversations, the ones that change lives, create friendships, and promote child abuse advocacy. You can find these T-shirts and all our other merchandise on the front page of our domain website by the shopping cart or by clicking here!
**SIGN OUR “ZERO TOLERANCE” LAW — PETITION**
Sign Dreamcatchers for Abused Children’s petition asking the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives to pass a comprehensive Federal ZERO TOLERANCE Law imposing mandatory sentences for anyone found guilty of child abuse with no plea bargaining and no parole. Read more and sign the petition by clicking here!
**PROMOTE–SPREAD THE WORD–EDUCATE THE PUBLIC**
One way is to try to get as many people as you can to look at our website & let your friend’s know that you are helping us promote child abuse awareness–it will help us to educate the public faster!! You will then be doing your part to help these children. Even if your friends only log on & read our site ONCE….they will remember the signs/symptoms to look for, who to contact, intervention, prevention & recovery of child abuse. JUST THINK OF HOW MANY CHILDREN’S LIVES COULD BE SAVED IF ALL INDIVIDUALS WERE TRAINED ON WHAT TO LOOK FOR!!!
Education & knowledge is the key to prevention!!!!
**DONATE YOUR TIME LOCALLY**
You could also look in your area @ your local resources to see if they need volunteers (@ the shelters, hospitals) This would be a way for you to learn more about the statistics of child abuse & to help your community. Recently, one of our members used our website as a POWERPOINT PRESENTATION at his church. He not only received a huge, positive response from his missionary, but also had a child come forward to report molestation that had been taking place in the nursery—THE MAN WAS ARRESTED!!! All because she saw our website, was educated, and KNEW to report this crime!!!
We encourage the public and other child abuse advocates to “volunteer” to help DREAMCATCHERS. We ask that you help to promote child abuse awareness & education, distribute our literature, publications and information and think of unique ideas/fundraisers to help us raise funds so that we may continue our mission successfully. We need the public to be actively involved in our child abuse advocacy—we cannot do it alone.
We are an official non-profit 501(c)3 organization and are funded by donations, grants & charity benefits. You could organize unique fundraisers such as car washes, bake sales, community garage sale, art contests, 50/50 raffles, etc. ALL proceeds collected are directly donated back into the organization to help to help educate the public on how to help these abused children!!! Why not involve everyone in your community? Organize a community fund raiser & donate a percentage of the funds towards a child abuse organization of your choice. Learn more about fundraising here!
You could also ask businesses in your area if they might be interested in sponsoring us either directly or by holding a fund raiser or charity event. We accept gift items, monetary donations, in-kind donations and/or goods & services. Learn more about our sponsorship packages by clicking here!
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**eBay Giving Works**
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**JOIN BIG BROTHER/BIG SISTER**
Many abused children end up being placed in foster care or temporary shelters. Joining a program such as Big Brother/Big Sister could allow an abused child the opportunity to spend some much needed quality time with loving individuals. Even a few hours a week could make a world of difference to a child in need. Click here for more info!
What clergy and religious leaders can do to make religious institutions safe places for members to seek and find help.
• Break the silence by speaking openly about the existence of abuse and preaching about exploitation and violence.
• Ask a community?based child abuse specialist to speak to the congregation.
• Offer prevention programs for children in religious education.
• Develop a foster home recruitment program sponsored by the church or synagogue.
• Provide parenting classes, support groups and respite care for parents under pressure.
• Operate “latchkey” programs for children.
• Designate a day or month for educating and activating the congregation (April is National Child Abuse Prevention month in the United States).