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Adverse childhood events, such as physical abuse, sexual abuse, and neglect, are linked to health, teen pregnancy, alcohol and drug abuse, sexual behavior, mental health, risk of revictimization, stability in relationships, and workplace performance. The possible health issues include heart disease, lung disease, liver disease, STDs, injuries, and even suicide. The financial cost and social impact is very difficult to quantify, but it is clear that child abuse is a community issue. We are all impacted and we are all responsible.

Child abuse is a difficult topic. But, if we cannot even talk about it, how can we stop it?

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How can you help? The biggest task that our community can do is to become aware and to become an advocate. Learn to recognize the signs of abuse and report any suspected abuse by calling 1-800-96-ABUSE.

Some possible signs of abuse are:

  • Any change in a child's behavior
  • An outgoing child may become shy or withdrawn and vice versa
  • A sudden change in grades
  • A change in sleep patterns
  • A regression to earlier stages of development; such as bed-wetting
  • A child may become fearful or anxious
  • A child may display self-harm or aggression to other children
  • Frequent bruises or broken bones
  • Frequent absences from school, church, or daycare
  • Social isolation
  • Poor hygiene

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Learn About Reporting More than 1 million children are victims of child abuse and neglect each year. Yet, many of these victims don't receive the help they need because their abuse or neglect isn't reported to the proper authorities to intervene or investigate. These abused and neglected children span all ages, races, religions and socio-economic backgrounds. Child abuse or neglect includes actions or omissions that result in imminent threat of serious physical or emotional harm, sexual abuse or sexual exploitation, or death of a child under age 18 by a parent or other caregiver.

Learn to Prevent

Gulf Coast Kid's House offers a variety of child abuse prevention programs for children and adults. If your agency or community group is interested in learning about child abuse prevention, we will customize training to fit the needs of your group. Prevention programs may be offered at your facility or at Gulf Coast Kid's House.

Child Welfare Information Gateway promotes the safety, permanency, and well-being of children, youth, and families by connecting child welfare, adoption, and related child welfare, child abuse and neglect, out-of-home care, adoption, and more.

To learn about more health and human service agencies in the area and what assistance and/or training they may provide, we encourage you to connect with 211. 2-1-1 is a free and confidential service that helps people across North America find the local resources they need. We're here for you 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Simply dial 211 on your phone or visit:

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Show Your Bows!

From Blue to Better wants you to Show Your Bows during the month of April! Free bows are available for you to display at your place of business, simply call Gulf Coast Kid’s House at 595-5800. Each bow comes with an informational poster.

Get Educated!

Learn the signs and start a dialogue. Child abuse knows no boundaries and it is up to adults to keep children safe. Visit our "Get Educated" page to learn how to prevent child abuse, recognize if abuse is occurring, and how to report.