April 18, 2014 (San Marcos, CA) – April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Casa de Amparo is encouraging all individuals and organizations to play a role in making San Diego County a better place for children and families this April 2014 and throughout the year.
“April is a time to celebrate the important role that communities play in protecting children,” said Tamara Fleck-Myers, Executive Director of Casa de Amparo. “Everyone’s participation is critical. Focusing on ways to build and support children and families in our care goes a long way toward preventing child maltreatment and promoting optimal child development.”
In celebration of the National Child Abuse Prevention Month, Casa de Amparo honored and community members, volunteers, and staff in several special ways.
On April 3rd, 2014, the 1st annual Come Home to Casa open house was launched at Casa Kids Campus, inviting the community to participate in a campus tour, view Casa Kid arts and crafts, sign a pledge against child abuse, and drop off Casa Kids’ wishes, raising over $11,000 worth of essential baby and teen items. One guest of honor included San Marcos Mayor Jim Desmond, who signed a pledge in support of Child Abuse Prevention Month.
In alliance with National Volunteer Appreciation Week, on April 10th, 2014 Casa de Amparo hosted a Volunteer Appreciation Party, honoring over 7,000 hours of donated time and talent during the past year, worth $175,000. Nearly 100 volunteers were recognized for mentoring youth, organizing event details, and taking on leadership/governing roles, and being a critical part of the agency’s success.
Finally, Tayra Contreras, a Casa de Amparo staff member for over 17 years, became a nominee for the Child Abuse Prevention Coordinating Council (CAPCC)2014 STARS Award for her dedication to treating and preventing child abuse and neglect. As a Program Specialist, she tirelessly works behind the scenes to handle logistics for both staff and Casa Kids. Tayra’s peers describe her as always smiling, with a warm, positive, nurturing, and supportive attitude, which Casa Kids naturally gravitate towards. In fact, Tayra still receives phone calls and stays in contact with former residents she has worked with over the past two decades, who often visit and thank her for all that she’s done.
Echoing President Barack Obama’s proclamation, “we all have a role to play in preventing child abuse and neglect and in helping young victims recover. From parents and guardians to educators and community leaders, each of us can help carve out safe places for young people to build their confidence and pursue their dreams.”