Maine Trying To Better Support Parents

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Denise Trafton

Community Conversations: Tips to Prevent
Child Abuse and Neglect

Bangor, Maine  –  It’s not an easy topic to talk about, but it’s a necessity.  Denise Trafton stopped by TV5 with tips to prevent child abuse and neglect in our communities.

Denise Trafton is here to talk about upcoming Community Conversations that will be held at Penquis.

The community conversations will be about what can be done to better support parents and families in our communities in efforts to preventing child abuse and neglect.

This is not an easy topic to discuss.  Anytime we hear that a child that has been hurt in their home, it saddens us; we don’t understand how this could happen.  We might ask what could have been done to prevent it.  These events have an effect on the entire community.

We are inviting, teachers, parents, neighbors, employers, social service providers, really anyone from the community who wants to be a part of the solution to offer their insights in efforts to prevent child abuse in our community.  These conversations are aimed at asking what programs and services are needed to better support parents and families.

We will take a close look at the facts for Penobscot county; DHHS has provided county specific data for us to talk about.  Once we look at this data we will be asking for feedback based on everyone’s individual perspective and experiences.  We need the community’s insight and perspective before we can move on to solutions.

The feedback we receive will help us identify the programs that are helpful and pinpoint gaps in services where prevention programs could make a difference in preventing child abuse and neglect in our communities.

Community Conversation

Dates: Thursday, November 17, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Wednesday, December 14, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Data tell us that new parents especially benefit from the support from others.

Penquis currently offers opportunities for new parents through our Maine Families Home Visiting program, our boot camp for new dads, and parenting classes.

But, I’m excited to be a part this opportunity that Penquis has to build new prevention services and programs to help strengthen every family in Penobscot County.