Non-Profit says Child Abuse Prevention Starts at Birth

The CDC says one in four kids are either abused or neglected. April is child abuse prevention month.

KX News talked with Prevent Child Abuse North Dakota about what our state is doing to prevent abuse.

One member on the Board of Directors says it all starts with education for first-time parents. She says when kids are between 0 and 5, you have the best opportunity to develop a positive, nurturing relationship.

The non-profit offers a new parent package at hospitals. It outlines how to handle stressful, new situations, like your child crying uncontrollably.

It also shares what normal, childhood development looks like.

The Prevent Child Abuse ND Board of Directors Member, Shauna Laber shares, “It’s almost terrifying to bring home this little creature that you are now emotionally, financially and in every way, responsible for developing and helping.”

The new parent package is available at all hospitals in North Dakota, except for one, but Prevent Child Abuse ND says it is working to change that.

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