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Tuesday, April 16, 2024   

As communities across Georgia come together to raise awareness during Child Abuse Prevention Month, local groups are taking steps to equip parents with the resources and support to prevent adverse childhood experiences year-round.

The Gwinnett Coalition, in partnership with the Georgia Center for Child Advocacy, is launching a series of parenting courses as a part of Resilient Gwinnett.

Sandy Chavarria, Hispanic outreach prevention coordinator at the Georgia Center for Child Advocacy, said the goal is to give parents more resources and tools to foster resilience and safeguard children's well-being.

"Our offerings are centered around learning how we can better protect our children from child abuse, child maltreatment -- well, more specifically, child sexual abuse," Chavarria explained. "We've also been focusing on providing education on childhood adversity."

Chavarria pointed out they are hosting two classes to address these topics. The first class, called the Positive Parenting Program, will be held on May 21st. She said it covers key points for creating an encouraging environment through expectations, discipline and self-care for parents.

The second class, titled "Becoming a More Resilient Parent," takes a deeper dive into addressing trauma. It will be held Sept. 17.

Kamesha Walker, community health program manager for the Gwinnett Coalition, believes resilient parenting classes are essential for helping parents cope with the challenges of parenthood and teaching them to recover their strength, ultimately enabling them to support their children's adaptability. Walker emphasized the importance of self-care, mindfulness and self-compassion in fortifying parents and children alike.

"Being a parent, there's no book," Walker emphasized. "These parents in classes would provide just some kind of structure, some kinds of guidelines to help those who may want assistance. So when they're able to be more resilient, then they are able to have their children be resilient."

Walker and Chavarria said they hope the classes help foster safe and stable environments leading to fewer adverse childhood experiences and building on the positive ones. In 2023, nearly 55,000 caseworkers investigated reports of abuse and neglect involving more than 106,000 children.

Disclosure: The Gwinnett Coalition contributes to our fund for reporting on Children's Issues, Civic Engagement, Health Issues, and Mental Health. If you would like to help support news in the public interest, click here.


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