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April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and Richland First Steps has partnered with Children’s Trust of South Carolina to help raise awareness of this important issue and to provide resources that help strengthen families.

April proclaimed Child Abuse Prevention Month in Richland County

On April 5, 2022, Richland County Council Member Jesica Mackey introduced a proclamation for Richland County Council recognizing April as Child Abuse Prevention Month.

RFS and Children's Trust at County Council
RFS Board Member Barbara Scott, CEO Marcia Bacon, and Board Chair Rita Paul with representatives of Children’s Trust of SC and Richland County Council Member Jesica Mackey at the April 5, 2022 County Council meeting.

Start Off STRONG

On April 7, RFS played host to more than 90 families at the Richland County Sheriff’s Department Region 1 Substation for Start Off STRONG. Representatives from SC WIC, Power In Changing, SC Infant Mental Health Association and more were on hand to connect families to resources that can help alleviate family stress and build a brighter future for children.

“Now more than ever, our families need us – organizations, governmental agencies, businesses, communities, neighborhoods, faith-based groups and individuals – to join together,” Richland First Steps CEO Marcia Bacon said. “When we support families, we become a stronger, more resilient community, and children grow up happy, healthy and safe.”

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