April is Child Abuse Prevention Month
The majority of child abuse cases in Iowa stem from situations and conditions that are entirely preventable in an engaged and supportive community. A community that cares about early childhood development, parent support and maternal mental health, for instance, is more likely to see families nurturing children who are born healthy and enter school ready to learn.
Approximately 80% of substantiated acts of child abuse and neglect are committed by parents or family members. A lack of parenting skills, knowledge and support is cited as the primary reason. Yet, we continue to ignore that overwhelming need to prepare parents and caregivers better.