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Put a "Dot" on It to End Child Abuse and Neglect

"What’s Your Dot?" is a new campaign introduced for April's Child Abuse Prevention Month. Credit: cherylholt/pixabay.com.
"What’s Your Dot?" is a new campaign introduced for April's Child Abuse Prevention Month. Credit: cherylholt/pixabay.com.
April 20, 2015

BALTIMORE - Connect the dots to prevent child abuse and neglect. "What's Your Dot?" is a new campaign introduced for April's Child Abuse Prevention Month, where Marylanders are asked to think about what they are doing, or can do, to strengthen families and consider those actions as "dots."

Ben Tanzer, director of communications at Prevent Child Abuse America, says when there are plenty of dots in a community, connections are made that benefit families.

"Maybe you organize a babysitting co-op in your neighborhood; create a book club for parents," he says. "Maybe people organize in a neighborhood to create more green space for all children and all families."

Tanzer says another layer of the campaign is helping people understand that effective child-abuse prevention takes strong families and neighborhoods, along with supportive policies for parents.

Tanzer adds, in a lot of neighborhoods, good things already are being done, but people don't realize the benefits or connect with each other.

"What we'd like to do is both amplify what you're doing and get you connected to other people doing similar things, in your neighborhood and across the country, so we can start building a movement around children and families," says Tanzer.

Enter details about your "dot" to prevent child abuse and neglect at "WhatsYourDot.org." Children's Trust Fund chapters and the Center for the Study of Social Policy created the campaign.

Deborah Courson Smith/Deb Courson Smith, Public News Service - MD