Operation Baby Shower
Melissa Reyes (front), Exceptional Family Member Program manager demonstrates how to make a diaper cake to Family Advocacy Educators, Chandra Peterson and Ashley Duran at last year's Operation Baby Shower. With the help of many Army Community Service staff, about 25 "cakes" are planned for this year's Operation Baby Shower April 30 from 2 to 6 p.m.

FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas -- The Fort Sam Houston Family Advocacy Program has planned a variety of activities in recognition of April as Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month.

On April 1, FAP will host an Opening Ceremony at Army Community Service Building 2797, Stanley Road.

This event will include the reading of the Installation Proclama-tion, a puppet presentation of "Kids On the Block," a performance by the Fort Sam Houston Elementary School Children's Choir and the announcement of the winners of the Cole Middle School and High School Art Contest.

On April 10, FAP and Child, Youth, & School Services will team up with a Family Fun Day and Baseball Opening Day Ceremony from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Youth Services, Building 1630. This activity will include the large bouncies, face painting, a Wii station, games, refreshments, various demonstrations and information booths.

Lunchtime Movies will present interesting movies and discussions April 9 and 28.

"Antoine Fisher" will be the movie presentation April 9 and "Mommie Dearest" will be presented April 28. The times for the movies will be 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and lunch will be provided.

The Women Encouraging Women seminars will focus on "Understanding Children and Anger" April 13 and "The Special Needs Child" April 27.

FAP will also host seminars April 15 at ACS Building 2797 for "Scream Free Parenting" from 9 to 10:30 a.m. and "Scream Free Marriages" from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The free seminars will be presented by the Scream Free Institute.

These programs are principle-based rather than technique-based, enabling the participants to gain insight into themselves and their behaviors as opposed to focusing on trying to change the behavior of others.

Relationships and behaviors of others change as a result of the inner changes affecting personal reactions.

A new and fun activity to call attention to this special month is the "Strike Out Child Abuse" Bowling Party to be held April 24 from noon to 2 p.m. at the Fort Sam Houston Bowling Center.

This event will be in cooperation with the CYSS EDGE Program. The Bowling Party is open to all EDGE Program participants. Two games and a shoe rental will be provided.

FAP will host the Second Annual Operation Baby Shower April 30 from 2 to 6 p.m. at ACS Building 2797. All parents who have had a baby in the past year and expectant Families are invited to attend this fun and informative event which will include door prizes, games and refreshments.

The need to protect children from the harmful effects of child abuse and increase public awareness has been an ongoing concern initially set forth through the passage of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act of 1974.

The most recent change was in 2003 with the passage of the Keeping Children and Families Safe Act.

The week of June 6 through 12, 1982 was designated as the first National Child Abuse Prevention Week.

Congress made an even stronger commitment to this campaign when they designated April 1983 as the first National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

In 1989 the Blue Ribbon Campaign began in Virginia by a grandmother who tied a blue ribbon on her car to commemorate her grandchild who had died as a result of child abuse. Since that time, blue ribbons have been used to draw awareness to this program.

In 2004 various federal and private organizations began to see the need to enhance public awareness and prevention measures though the promotion of strengthening and supporting Families through developing parenting skills and enhancing community support.

Family Advocacy continues to provide a wide variety of programs to help Soldiers and their Families.

Parenting programs range from Nurturing Parenting - Early Childhood, School Age, and Teen. These programs offer lessons for both parents and children and have child care availability. Deployed Parenting, Single Parenting, Active Parenting for Step-Families, and Scream Free Parenting are all subject areas that are also offered.

Additionally, FAP offers a variety of classes related to pregnancy, bringing baby home, and early childhood concerns. To assist those who cannot attend classes, the New Parent Support Program also has a home visitation element.

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