Rachelle Modena: Working together we can prevent Child Abuse
Shasta County, CA – Mandated reporters of suspected child abuse are individuals who typically have frequent contact with children in the course of their professional lives. The recent horror of two dead, young children stuffed into plastic containers and left in a storage unit, along with a sibling found locked in a car in near freezing temperatures, suffering such severe injuries that her first responders were traumatized, leaves me to ponder the question:
Shouldn’t we all be mandated reporters?
These kinds of tragedies often have warning signs. Someone is concerned or has a suspicion, but for some reason they don’t report it. Maybe they don’t know how or maybe they don’t know what suspected child abuse looks like.
We should all be concerned for the well-being of the children in our lives.
Do you know the children who live on your street? Haven’t seen them out playing recently? Are you worried about the toddler next door, sometimes unattended in the yard? Are you concerned that your sister seems to yell at her children a lot? Reach out, check in, offer your support. Protecting children is all of our responsibility, whether you deliver bread, sweep streets or work in a day care.
It’s our responsibility at work, in our neighborhoods, in our parks, at stores, and on the street.
Not every situation is a suspected child abuse report, but we, as a community who cares about our children, can and should reach out to parents in our lives. We should offer our support and encouragement to our neighbors, friends and family before child abuse happens.
Parenting is joyous and fun, but also can be stressful and frustrating. You can make a difference in the life of a child. Be brave, be a hero. Join us in preventing child abuse.
To learn more about supporting child abuse prevention efforts in Shasta County or to take a free mandated child abuse reporter training, contact the Shasta County Child Abuse Prevention Coordinating Council at 241-5816 or visit www.shastacapc.org.
With your help, we can prevent child abuse.
Rachelle Modena is the executive director of Shasta CAPCC