The Yolo County Child Abuse Prevention Council announced the launch of a new website on Wednesday, just one day before the start of Child Abuse Prevention Month.
The Strong Families Yolo website can be found at strongfamiliesyolo.org. It provides resources and practical ideas for community members to support the children and parents of Yolo County and help prevent child abuse and neglect.
The website also offers resources for parents or youth seeking help or support.
In 2019, the California Child Welfare Indicators Project reported that 615 children in Yolo County were victims of abuse and / or neglect. PACE estimates that it is likely that more children will have experienced abuse and / or neglect in 2020 due to the increased stress caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The prevention of child abuse and neglect is a community issue, and we all have a responsibility to raise and protect our children and to ensure that they grow into healthy and prosperous adults,” said PACE President Karleen Jakowski. âThis new resource will be invaluable in helping our community learn more about the signs of child abuse and neglect and will give children and adults more information and confidence to report their issues. Overall, this website will serve as a gateway to essential information, resources and support for those in our community who need it most. “
By launching Strong Families Yolo, CAPC hopes to educate the community that everyone has a role to play in supporting children and families and in preventing child abuse and neglect, according to a Yolo statement. County Children’s Alliance.
CAPC is a program of the Yolo County Children’s Alliance and is made up of a community partner and representatives from the following agencies and organizations: CommuniCare Health Centers, Empower Yolo, First 5 Yolo, Multi-Disciplinary Interview Center, West Sacramento Police Department, Yolo County Children’s Alliance, Yolo County CASA, Yolo County Prosecutor’s Office, Yolo County Health and Human Services Agency, Yolo County Education Office and County Probation Yolo.
For more information on PACE, visit yolokids.org/child-abuse-prevention-council.