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Child Abuse Prevention Education Event

Many vendors showed support for the Child Abuse Prevention Education event by handing out information and talking with families during the Child Abuse Prevention Education Event held at the Roundhouse Café.

The Social Services Department in the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community closed out April’s Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month with an event at the Round House Café.

On April 25, informational booths were available on a variety of topics related to preventing child abuse and neglect.

The event promoted Community services that are available to members. Vendors included the Salt River police and fire departments, Education Department advocates, the Fatherhood Program, Foster Care, L.E.A.R.N., Helping Hands, and the Family Advocacy and Family Reunification programs.

Council member Archie Kashoya discusses child abuse and the impact it has on the Community at the Roundhouse Cafe.
“Here at Salt River Social Services we do our best to promote [better families] through educational events,” said Julia Pooley, a social worker. “[We] started with Best for Babies, in collaboration with First Things First, on April 4; then on April 5 we had a run in the early morning throughout the Salt River office complex.”

A class titled “Effects of Witnessing Abuse and Violence” was held on April 13, and on April 20 a class on “Positive Parenting” was presented. Both classes were full and included box lunches.

Tribal Departments interacted with youth by having them play games to win prizes during the educational event held in April.
The month-long awareness programming is designed to help prevent child abuse and neglect within the Community and beyond.

Attendees also participated in a passport program to win a prize and received free T-shirts and drawstring backpacks.

The event concluded with the traditional tug-of-war between Community firefighters and police officers; the firefighters won.