Damien High School

Spartans Support the Children's Bureau for National Child Abuse Month

Damien High School is a proud supporter and believer of the Children’s Bureau “Building Community, Building Hope” as part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services National Child Abuse Prevention Month. The Children’s Bureau advocates for nurturing communities that prevent child abuse and neglect, and promote child and family well-being.

This month and throughout the year, Damien High School encourages all individuals and organizations to play a role in making all communities a better place for children and families. By ensuring that parents have the knowledge, skills and resources they need to care for their children, we can help prevent child abuse and neglect by making meaningful connections with children, youth and families in our communities.

Research shows that protective factors are present in healthy families. Promoting these factors is among the most effective ways to reduce the risk of child abuse and neglect. They are: nurturing and attachment; knowledge of parenting and of child and youth development; parental resilience; social connections; concrete support for parents, social and emotional competence of children.

Damien High School students, faculty and staff have supported numerous programs throughout the year to provide a better community for children and families. In the fall, Damien hosted the annual Fall Service Fair, an opportunity for students to volunteer. Some of the organizations that Damien supported included St. Vincent de Paul (food drive), Sowing Seeds for Life (toy drive), Pennies for Patients (cancer research), Homeless Connect (clothing and food for homeless), Open Table (for those in hunger), and Habitat for Humanity (home building). Damien has also supported numerous cities, churches and youth organizations that focus on family, children and bettering the community.

In support of these efforts, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Children’s Bureau, Office on Child Abuse and Neglect, its Child Welfare Information Gateway, the FRIENDS National Center for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention and over 30 National Prevention Partners have created 2016/2017 Prevention Resource Guide: Building Community, Building Hope. The resource guide, designed for service providers who work throughout the community to strengthen families, is available online at https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/preventing/preventionmonth/