April 2019
Spring is here! Happy April, Empowering Minds community! This month's newsletter includes information on National Prevent Child Abuse Month and Volunteer month, Spring events, events for Earth Day, exciting agency updates, and more.
The 3 R's
April is National Prevent Child Abuse Month. Prevent child abuse and neglect yearround through utilizing the 3 R’s.

RECOGNIZE child abuse and neglect. According to the Child Welfare Information Gateway , the following signs may signal the presence of child abuse or neglect.
The Child:
  • Shows sudden changes in behavior or school performance
  • Has not received help for physical or medical problems brought to the parents’ attention
  • Has learning problems (or difficulty concentrating) that cannot be attributed to specific physical or psychological causes
  • Is always watchful, as though preparing for something bad to happen
  • Lacks adult supervision
  • Is overly compliant, passive, or withdrawn
  • Comes to school or other activities early, stays late, and does not want to go home
  • Is reluctant to be around a particular person
  • Discloses maltreatment
  • Other signs of possible child abuse and neglect can be found here.

RESPOND to suspected child abuse and neglect. Kaplan Early Learning Company recommends responding in a supportive way:
  • Do not act shocked or disgusted if a child reveals something about his or her abuse to you. Children are inclined to think that you are responding that way because of them, which can have a major impact on their healing and recovery.
  • Be supportive in your response and let the child know it is not his or her fault. Also remember that you can't promise not to tell since you're legally required to report any suspicion. The Crisis Manual for Early Childhood Teachers suggests the following response: 'I'm glad you told me. You did the right thing. I'm sorry this happened to you.'
  • Make sure children who are abused have plenty of ways to express themselves. Drawing, painting, and writing are all excellent creative outlets for children to express their thoughts and feelings about what happened to them.
  • Treat all children with kindness, respect, and empathy. This will help you build positive relationships with children and will also show abused children that a person does not have to use violence or humiliation in their interactions with others.
  • Report suspected child abuse immediately. As long as you have a sufficient reason to make a report, you are legally protected and cannot be sued. Be sure to give the person or agency you make the report to as much information as possible.

REPORT suspected child abuse and neglect. Baltimore City: call 410-361-2235. Baltimore County: call 410-853-3000. Anne Arundel County: call 410-421-8400. Harford County: call 410-836-4713.
Earth Day

April 22 nd is Earth Day! Celebrate with Baltimore City Recreation and Parks and honor the Earth we enjoy every day!

9AM-12PM B-Earth Day Canoe N' Scoop All Ages - Free Clean up rain leftovers from the shoreline of Middle Branch Park, a great activity for groups up to 20. Gather your friends, students or colleagues for this unique community service experience. Contact: BCRP.Boats@baltimorecity.gov

1PM-3PM B-Earth Day Day Bike Ride : Gwynns Falls Trail/Middle Branch Park All Ages - Free, with a $5 suggested donation Join BCRP’s Outdoor Recreation Bike Program as we pedal through the Gwynns Falls Trail. We provide the cruisers and helmets; you provide the pedal power and appreciation for nature! This is a slow pace ride, so give it a try! All skill levels are welcome. Approximately 2 miles roundtrip. Bring water and a pack to carry it in. This event is weather dependent. Contact: bcrp.bikes@baltimorecity.gov

7:30PM-10:33PM B-Earth Day Day Glow in the Dark Scavenger Adventure Ages 18+ - City Residents $20 - Non-City Residents $40 Please join us for a unique evening with friends, as we host an 18+ glow in the dark scavenger adventure! Enjoy a sunset at Middle Branch Park with friends (groups of 4 are ideal) as you gear up for a scavenger hunt. We will send you along the Gwynns Falls Trail and into the Patapsco River to collect your glowing prizes! Contact: Molly.Gallant@BaltimoreCity.gov
National Volunteer Month

For National Volunteer Month, thank volunteers in your communities and volunteer alongside!

Volunteer at Baltimore Child Abuse Center's Day of Service in honor of National Volunteer Month and National Prevent Child Abuse Month Saturday, April 6, 10 am- 3 pm. Click here for more information.

Find more volunteer opportunities in Baltimore City , Baltimore County , Anne Arundel County , and Harford County .
Resources on Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect

The Children’s Bureau offers resources on child abuse prevention, including strategies of promoting child & family well-being, raising public awareness & creating supportive communities, exploring evidence-based practice, and developing, sustaining, and evaluation prevention programs. Access the resource guide here .
Empowering Minds is proud to partner with ShareBaby

Our partnership includes monthly diaper distributions for EMRC clients with children between the ages of 0 - 5 years old.  In addition, EMRC is currently accepting "ShareBaby Coat Requests" for children ages 0 - 5 years old and requests for Boy or Girl newborn bundles.

Newborn bundles include:
1 pack of size 1 diapers
1 pack of size 2 diapers
1 0-3 month onesie
1 0-3 month outfit (top & bottom)
1 3-6 month onesie
1 3-6 month outfit (top & bottom)
1 6-12 month onesie,
1 6-12 month outfit (top & bottom)

 If you are in need of diapers, a coat or newborn bundle for a child between 0 - 5 years old, please contact your  Direct Service Coordinator  to submit your request and provide the sex of the baby and size needed between 0 - 24 months or 2t - 5t. If you have any questions, please contact the Baltimore City office.
Spring Events in Maryland

Maryland Office of Tourism and Development recommends celebrating Spring with these family events!

Enjoy a Spring Fling at These Garden Shows
Spring 2019 Say hello to the bright colors of spring at Home & Garden Shows all over the state this spring. With spring plantings, amazing crafts and lots more to get you out of the house and back into your yard, you can’t miss with this list of great spring shows.

Easter Events April 6-20, 2019
Peter Cottontail is hopping down the bunny trail, and Maryland is ready to welcome him with some great Easter celebrations throughout the state.

Cherry Blossom Festival
Sakura Sunday April 14, 2019 National Cherry Blossom Festival celebrates spring, the gift of the cherry blossom trees and the friendship between US and Japan. Sakura Sunday will feature Japanese artisans, Japanese-inspired music, entertainment and food.

Maryland Film Festival May 8-12, 2019
With more than 40 feature films and 10 shorts programs, including all genres and drawing works from all over the world – acclaimed festival faves and new discoveries. Whether you’re a film fanatic or casual moviegoer, The Maryland Film Festival will leave you inspired and profoundly moved by the world of cinema.

May Day in Annapolis
This now-iconic event began in 1956 as a Garden Club of Old Annapolis Towne beautification project. Starting on May 1, stroll past dwellings and businesses in the Historic District of Maryland’s capital to see doors adorned with baskets brimming with fresh flowers and colorful ribbons.

Maryland International Kite Expo
April 26-28, 2019 Follow the winds east to Maryland’s Atlantic shore for the International Kite Expo in Ocean City. Watch thousands of colorful kites soar over the sand and water, or stop into the Kite Loft and get your own kite to get in on the high-flying action.

View more springtime events here !
Harford County Group
Baltimore City Groups
Mondays 6-7 PM 
Women's Group, Teen's Group, and Youth Group

Tuesdays 6-7 PM
Men's Group

Thursdays 12-1 PM
Families Impacted by Substance Abuse
Anne Arundel County Groups

Empowering Minds Resource Center is proud to announce there is currently  NO WAIT LIST at the agency. We work hard everyday to ensure referrals are quickly processed and clients are engaged by our staff and partnered therapists immediately. We are ready, willing and able to accept new clients TODAY.  

Empowering Minds Resource Center has no waitlist for our CARE COORDINATION FOR MINORS and our PSYCHIATRIC REHABILITATION PROGRAM in Harford County

Empowering Minds recognizes Haley Crosby as Direct Service Coordinator of the Month for her reliability and for communicating consistently with her clients and seeking assistance when needed to provide the best service.  Congratulations, Haley !


Empowering Minds is looking to add some new members to our wonderful team. Check out the link below for more information!