Phoenix Children’s Hospital is spreading the word about child abuse prevention this spring through special activities geared toward community involvement and education.
The hospital hosted a fundraising march April 3 at the Phoenix Zoo. In addition to offering information to the public, the event raises money toward prevention efforts already in place at the hospital, says Amy Terreros, RN, MS, CPNP, pediatric nurse practitioner for the forensic team at Phoenix Children’s Hospital.
In the past, the hospital held a silent march and displayed a pair of shoes in remembrance of a child who died from abuse, Terreros says.James, Sasha Motz and daughter Lily a survivor of Shaken Baby.
This year, we decided to do an actual walk to focus on strong families and strong communities coming together to prevent child abuse, she says.
PCH also is collecting shoes this month and during April, which is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, to commemorate the death or disability of a child abuse victim. Among the shoes already collected is a pair of pink booties in memory of a one-month-old girl-the youngest of six children to die at PCH according to a news release. The hospital treated 543 cases of abuse and neglect last year, the release stated.PCH is collecting shoes in April to commemorate the death or disability of child abuse victims.
It definitely wears on us, Terreros says. But Im so involved in prevention and education, thats the positive part that comes out of it.
Terreros says the most important message she wants to stress to parents and caregivers is to always have a plan in place to prevent abuse.
Its completely normal to get frustrated, Terreros says. You can do all the things to try to soothe the child but when it gets to the point where you cant handle it, leave [the child] in the crib and let [him or her] cry. Nothing bad is going to happen.
To register for the walk, visit Thechildrensmarch.com. Shoes can be dropped off at the front desk of Phoenix Children’s Hospital, 1919 E. Thomas Road, or at E&J Designer Shoe Outlet, 8666 East Shea Blvd., Scottsdale and 1621 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. Participants are encouraged to include a letter, note or poem symbolizing the child with the shoes.