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Blue ribbons have been placed throughout the community as a reminder that April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month.
The Exchange Club-Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse is teaching families how to improve the quality of family life, according to a news release. The focus of its campaign will be the Five Protective Factors outlined by the Center for the Study of Social Policy, which conducted a two-year study in 2001 to determine an effective avenue for preventing child abuse and neglect.
This year's theme for National Child Abuse Prevention Month is "Peace, Love and Happy Children." The Five Protective Factors, in hippie lingo, are:
1. A nurturing home makes the family outta sight.
2. A hip parent knows how to give peace a chance.
3. Groovy parents stay cool when things get heavy.
4. A far-out commune of friends gives power to the family.
5. Right-on resources such as grub, threads and a swingin' pad pull it all together.
"We want the community to realize that the center is helping families build a firm foundation of love and support for their children," DeLaine Bottoms, vice president of the Carl Perkins Center, said in the release. "Our centers are always available to teach strategies for stronger families."
The center's services are free. For help, call the Madison County main office at 424-7900.