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April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

Posted in Child Advocacy Center, Fundraising Event, General by SaratogaCFF on Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 11:33 am
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Saratoga Center for the Family Staff

Saratoga Center for the Family Staff

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month; it is a time where the national spotlight is shone on a topic that can be difficult to discuss. At Saratoga Center for the Family, their everyday efforts are focused on helping to treat, prevent and educate the public about child abuse. Executive Director Rebecca Baldwin states, “We all have a role to play in healthy child development, and our goal this April is to help others recognize that role and the ways in which we can maximize our impact.”

According to Baldwin, one way the community can get involved is Wear Blue Day.  On Friday, April 5, Wear Blue Day is a day dedicated to celebrating child abuse prevention efforts across the country.

“Wear Blue Day (April 5) is a chance to highlight the ways that people can help great childhoods happen across New York and the country,” said Baldwin.  “You can get involved in Wear Blue Day by telling people you are participating in a national day to highlight child abuse prevention; by taking a picture of yourself and your colleagues all dressed in blue and share it on your favorite social media platform using the #WearBlue hashtag; or by sharing a story of how you help mentor children, advocate for policies that keep kids safe, or donate time or money to a local child serving organizations and inspire others to get involved during Child Abuse Prevention month.”

Along with Wear Blue Day, Saratoga Center for the Family is running a “Pennies for Prevention” campaign throughout the month of April to raise funds and awareness for child abuse prevention. Baldwin says to look for Saratoga Center for the Family coin drop canisters at local businesses to participate. All donations will directly support the Center’s programs.  Businesses who wish to participate should contact the Center at (518) 587-8008 or email aradik@saratogacff.org.

Later in the month, the Center, in partnership with Longfellows Restaurant, will be hosting its Annual Power of Hope dinner on Thursday, April 18, from 6:00-9:00 p.m.  This event recognizes and thanks donors, sponsors, and supporters of the Center.  The evening will begin with hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar, followed by a speaking program, dinner and dessert.

The cost to attend is $55 per individual, $500 per table of 10, and $35 for community partners including local, state, and community-based friends and partner organizations.  Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.saratogacff.org and clicking on fundraising events or by calling Saratoga Center for the Family at (518) 587-8008.

“Also, throughout the month of April, as you drive down Broadway (in Saratoga Springs), you may notice our Saratoga Center for the Family flags lining the street,” says Baldwin.  “These are yet another reminder of April as Child Abuse Prevention Month and a reminder that we are here to serve the community.”

For over 40 years, Saratoga Center for the Family has served the families of Saratoga County and beyond.  The Center offers assistance with mental health counseling, education and prevention programs, and assistance for children, families, and individuals who have been victimized.  No family is turned away due to inability to pay.  For further information, visit saratogacff.org or follow them on Facebook at facebook.com/SaratogaCenter.