Families Facing Isolation:
Coronavirus’ Impact on Child Abuse

The fact is, school and work closures remove a critical form of respite
for child abuse and intimate partner victims. 
MCA is keenly aware of how difficult your work life has been lately, trying to find workarounds for interviewing children at your centers or other locations, making team decisions via email and online meetings, creating interventions for families, and many other issues.

On top of that, you’ve had to cancel your normal Child Abuse Prevention Month activities – no open houses or fundraising events this year.  Many are even going without a Pinwheel Garden this year.  But regardless of these cancellations, this is a prime opportunity to send a message of support to families in your community.

You know, better than most, of the increased risk to children during this -perhaps extended – time of social isolation.  We suggest using this year’s Child Abuse Prevention Month to reach out to stressed and isolated families.  While most families will respond to this crisis with creativity and a spirit of adventure, more vulnerable families may have a tougher time managing.  Not only are families and children spending long, unbroken periods of time in close quarters, some are facing multiple stressors without a solid support system in place.

Please visit MCA’s web page for a Sample Press Release that can be customized to fit your needs, along with other resources for families.

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