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News from The Tree House - April 2015
It's National Child Abuse Prevention Month!
Tomorrow, April 14, 2015 the Montgomery County Council will be issuing at proclamation about Child Abuse Prevention Month.  The Tree House will be specifically highlighted for the work we do to help abused and neglected children in Montgomery County.  You can help us continue this work by donating on 4/14/15, our first "Giving Day."

          Your donations will help us transport
to the services they need!
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time to recognize that we each play a part in promoting the social and emotional well-being of children and families in our communities.

What Is Child Abuse and Neglect? Child abuse or neglect often takes place in the home at the hands of a person the child knows well—a parent, relative, babysitter, or friend of the family. There are four major types of child maltreatment. Although any of the forms may be found separately, they often occur together:
  • Neglect- The failure to provide for a child’s basic needs
  • Physical abuse- Physical injury as a result of hitting, kicking, shaking, burning, or otherwise harming a child
  • Sexual abuse- Any situation where a child is used for sexual gratification
  • Emotional abuse- Any pattern of behavior that impairs a child’s emotional development or sense of self-worth

Why Does Child Abuse Occur?  Many factors relating to the child, family, community, and society are associated with an increased risk of child abuse and neglect. Common risk factors include:
  • Immaturity- Young parents may lack experience with children or be unprepared to raise a child.
  • Unrealistic expectations- A lack of knowledge about child development may lead to frustration and abuse.
  • Stress- Families struggling with poverty, unstable housing, divorce, or unemployment may be at greater risk.
  • Substance abuse- The effects of substance use, as well as time, energy, and money spent obtaining drugs or alcohol, significantly impair parents’ abilities to care for their children.
  • Intergenerational patterns of abuse- Parents’ own experiences of childhood trauma impact their relationships with their children.
  • Isolation- Effective parenting is more difficult when parents lack a supportive partner, family, or community.
What Are the Warning Signs?  In order to get help for an abused or neglected child, you must recognize the symptoms of abuse.  A single sign does not necessarily mean that child abuse is occurring, but when these signs appear repeatedly or in combination, the possibility of maltreatment is a real one.  Watch for these symptoms:
  • Neglect
    • Signs of Malnutrition
    • Poor hygiene
    • Unattended Physical or Medical Problems
  • Physical Abuse
    • Unexplained bruises, burns, or welts
    • Child appears frightened of a parent or caregiver
  • Sexual Abuse
    • Pain, bleeding, redness, or swelling in anal or genital area
    • Age-inappropriate sexual play with toys, self, or others
    • Age-inappropriate knowledge of sex
  • Emotional Abuse
    • Extremes in behavior, ranging from overly aggressive to overly passive
    • Delayed physical, emotional, or intellectual development 
What Can I Do If I Suspect Child Abuse or Neglect?  To report abuse or neglect click here.

For more information go to National Child Abuse Prevention Month website

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Just under 3 weeks to go and The Tree House CAC will again host its biggest event of the year!  Come join us on May 2nd for a day of fun, festivities, philanthropy, and COOKIES! 
Attention Potential Sponsors!
It's not too late to be a Tree House Tour de Cookie sponsor, but it's almost too late.  A sponsorship of as little as $500 will get your name or logo on our t-shirts. We also still have promotional item sponsorships available, but time is running out!  You must contact us by Wednesday, April 15th to give us enough time to make it all happen! 

Attention Potential Riders!

We are thrilled with the response from our riders this year, but perhaps you haven't registered yet.  Well, don't wait any longer!  To guarantee a t-shirt in your size you must register by April 19th.   If you plan to submit a paper registration we need to have it at The Tree House by April 19th.  Click here for registration information
Oh, and if you are bringing very young children with you to the ride, be sure to bring their bicycles/tricycles/big wheels too. They can ride in the Kid's Ride after the main ride is over!

Attention Potential Exhibitors!
You still have time to promote your business or organization at our Community Expo! We provide the tent, a 6' table and 2 chairs. 
Non-profit booths are $150. All other booths are $250.    Download an application here and submit it by April 24th.
To stay informed about The Tree House Tour de Cookie,
be sure to join our 
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Did you get to see Mr. Cookie at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Johns Hopkins University on April 2nd? Well, we caught up with him as he was preparing to tell hundreds of students about The Tree House and The Tree House Tour de Cookie.
Girl Scout Troop 6924 stopped by on Friday to drop off 72 boxes of Girl Scout cookies for the children and families seen at The Tree House. This is the second year they have donated these "Gifts of Caring" to us. They know that snacks go very quickly here! We thank these wonderful girls and their parents for choosing to help us. If you want to thank them yourselves, you can at The Tree House Tour de Cookie, where they will be hosting a cookie stand for the second year!
Help us spread the word about The Tree House.  Forward this newsletter to a few friends!

Support The Tree House  

You can help us provide mental health, medical, victim advocacy and other services to abused and neglected children in Montgomery County.  All it takes is a small donation.  

We are in desperate and immediate need of donations to put toward transportation costs!  Please help us get children to the services they need.
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The Tree House Leaflet April 2015

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