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Strengthening Families, Preventing Abuse

Broadcast date: 4/2/2015

Child abuse and neglect can be found in families across the social and economic spectrum. Why does child abuse occur?

Social isolation, financial stress, poverty, substance abuse, and domestic violence are all factors that can lead to adults abusing children.  ACTION reports in San Luis Obispo County although there has been a 12% decrease in cases of child abuse from 2006 to 2012, the rate of cases was still higher than the state rate in 2012.

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, established in 1983, to acknowledge and encourage families and communities to work together to prevent child abuse. Child abuse is preventable. It’s time to recognize we each play a part in promoting the social and emotional well-being of children and families in our communities, and can make a difference to support families year round to prevent abuse.

Join host Kris Kington-Barker as she speaks with Lisa Frasier, Executive Director with the Center for Family Strengthening, Ann Berry-Galleganos, and Michelle Gordon, Parent Connection Coordinator, as they discuss how child abuse can be prevented by strengthening families and fostering the healthy development of children.

Central Coast Voices is sponsored by ACTION for Healthy Communities in collaboration with KCBX and made possible through underwriting by Joan Gellert-Sargen.

Kris Kington-Barker is co-host of Central Coast Voices, heard every Thursday on KCBX from 1:00—12:00 p.m. Kris has worked in healthcare fields ranging from mental health to hospital administration, and has served as a volunteer and board member for many Central Coast non-profit organizations.