Florida Department of Children and Families, Memorial Healthcare System Partner to Promote National Child Abuse Prevention Month in Conjunction with “Mommy and Me” Event

Media Advisory: April 24, 2013
Contact: Paige Patterson-Hughes, Department of Children and Families, 954-410-3931
                    Christine Senke, Memorial Healthcare System, 954-265-3455

Florida Department of Children and Families, Memorial Healthcare System Partner to Promote National Child Abuse Prevention Month in Conjunction with “Mommy and Me” Event
Shaken baby syndrome, child calming and abuse prevention tips will be highlighted at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital event

BROWARD COUNTY – In January 2013 alone, more than 3,400 child abuse, abandonment or neglect investigations took place in South Florida and the Treasure Coast regions of our state.

As part of April’s National Child Abuse Prevention Month, the Florida Department of Children and Families and Memorial Healthcare System are joining together to raise public awareness about child abuse, how to report suspected abuse and to focus on the effects of abuse on children and families.

“Reporting and preventing child abuse is everybody’s responsibility,” said DCF Southeast Regional Managing Director Dennis Miles. “Florida is now leading the way with its toughest child abuse reporting laws and strengthened child protection efforts to prevent such tragedies.”

WHO: Department of Children and Families in partnership with Dr. Kristina Deeter, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, will discuss shaken baby syndrome and its effects on children; Terri Brevda, RN, Memorial Regional Hospital Perinatal Educator, Mommy and Me Baby Cakes Tea Party Program Facilitator, will focus on child calming techniques and abuse prevention tips; and Latrice Thomas, MSW, Project T.O.T.T.S. Healthy Start/AIDS United Program Coordinator, Urban League of Broward County, “Mommies Need Mothering Too” presentation

WHAT: National Child Abuse Prevention Month Awareness and Educational Event

WHEN: Thursday, April 25, 2013, at 12:15 p.m.

WHERE: Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital at 1005 Joe DiMaggio Drive, Hollywood, 33021 (954-265-5324); 1st Floor, Family Resource Center

There is free valet parking, and live trucks or station vehicles can park in designated parking.

More information on signs of child abuse and prevention resources in English, Spanish and Creole can be found on DCF’s website at www.myflfamilies.com under the “Don’t Miss the Signs” campaign, in conjunction with Lauren’s Kids foundation. A free, online resource guide with parenting tips from birth to teenage years is available at www.myflfamilies.com/parentingguide, along with Pinwheels for Prevention information at www.myflfamilies.com/pinwheels.

Anyone who suspects or knows of child abuse, neglect or abandonment is urged to call the Florida Abuse Hotline at 1-800-962-2873 or report online at www.FloridaAbuseHotline.com.

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