This Child Abuse Prevention Month, the Department of Defense asks all members of the military community to Stand Up for MilKids, committing to be a positive presence in their lives so they can grow up healthy and safe. In times of extreme stress, there is an increased risk for child abuse and neglect, so it is especially important to learn how we can support our children and the military community.
When you Stand Up for MilKids, you promise to:
- Support parents to seek help when they’re feeling overwhelmed.
- Encourage others to show their support for MilKids and MilParents.
- Be a stable force for good in the life of a military child.
Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect
If you have concerns about a child’s safety, call your installation Family Advocacy Program or the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline at 800-422-4453. Reporting suspected child abuse is required by law and is always the right thing to do.Learn How
Build Resilience for MilKids
Whether you’re their parent, mentor, teacher or friend, the MilKid in your life looks up to you, and your relationship with them can change their life for the better. Researchers have discovered that the single most common factor for children who develop resilience is the presence of at least one stable and nurturing parent, caregiver, or other adult. That is because trust and support from a safe adult promotes childrens’ development of healthy social behaviors and positive coping skills, which are crucial to their long-term emotional and physical wellbeing. That means that when you commit to be a positive example and a steady presence for a military child, your actions literally shape their long-term growth in positive ways.
Want to learn more?
Whether you’re a parent, caregiver, mentor or friend, check out these resources about the science of resilience for ideas of how you can follow through on your promise:
You may question if your presence in a child’s life can really make a difference, but research shows that it can make all the difference.
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Recognizing Child Abuse and Getting Help
Do your part to keep kids safe and secure: learn what child abuse is, who might be at risk, how to recognize the signs and ways you can help.
Everyone has a role to play when it comes to the health and safety of children. Community members can look out for children by being informed, attentive and supportive.