I work with various families with different situations. I am currently a supervisor for Family Assessment Workers and Family Support Workers under the umbrella of Maternal Child Health program. I learned so much from the conference and I commend Prevent Child Abuse America for reaching out to people from all areas of life.
I was able to share the knowledge that I acquired from this conference with all of who are part of my program. In my line of work, we go out on home visits and work with our clients in their homes. The conference taught me that there are defining signs of abuse that we should look out for if there is some concern. We make it a point now to be more alert to these signs. So many children are needing people like us to be their voices. We should not be silent about these things.
It was also a plus to learn how to involve fathers with raising his child. In several occasions, fathers have been an absent parent. We have incorporated the ideas from the conference as part of our job when we are out on the field. This has been a plus for us.
Bullying is an issue that has been in the news around our nation. It should be addressed as soon as possible. We have and still are working with some who do not consider what they are doing as bullying. The conference gave great insight on how to handle and how to deal with people who bully others.
Overall, I think Prevent Child Abuse America is a MUST for all who work in a field that will allow them to be the child's voice. I think that the only setback for us who are traveling from American Samoa is the distance and time it takes for us to get to the destination. The conference I attended was held in Florida and I had to take three planes to get there with two days of traveling. It would be ideal for us to have a conference held in the West Coast. All in all, I recommend this training for any all who care about our children.
I am a survivor of Child Abuse. I was abused beginning at age 5 until I was 15 years of age. My abuser was my step-father. My mother was aware. During the course of my abuse i had over ten abortions, birthed a child and was physically, sexually and emotionally abused over the years. When my step-father stop abusing me, he began abusing my other sisters. When I began talking about my abuse and dealing with it publicly, i endured rejection from family. I was 45 when I confronted my abuser. 48 when I went public and discussed the abuse, the curse with my adult children. I realized I needed counseling, I called the United Way and they directed me to organizations that provided the counseling and support I needed. There are a lot of me's out here, we are grandparents, parents, mothers, brothers and sisters, if we don't talk about it we don't heal. Please support United Way, they made a difference in my life