Why is the Dome Blue?

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month 2017            

Middletown, Rhode Island, April 12, 2017 –  April is National Child Abuse Prevention month. This month and throughout the year Child & Family encourages all individuals and organizations to play a role in making Newport County a better place for children and families. The State House dome will be lit blue the week of April 10-16 to highlight child abuse awareness in Rhode Island and supports for families. By ensuring that parents have the knowledge, skills, and resources they need to care for their children, we can help prevent child abuse and neglect by making meaningful connections with children, youth, and families in our community.

Each year Rhode Island receives approximately 14,000 reports of child maltreatment. “April is a time to celebrate the important role that communities play in raising child abuse awareness, protecting children, and strengthening families, said Marty Sinnott, CEO at Child & Family. The dome being blue is a great reminder that everyone’s participation is crucial. Finding ways to build meaningful connections to families is the best thing that our community can do to strengthen families and prevent child abuse and neglect.”

For more information about how to support families contact the Family Care Community Partnership at Child & Family by calling 401 849-2300 or visit www.childandfamilyri.org.

About the East Bay Family Care Community Partnership (FCCP)

The East Bay FCCP is a family support program funded by DCYF.  The FCCP helps families obtain the support and the resources needed in order to overcome any number of struggles they may be facing. It is geared toward keeping at-risk families together with the ultimate goal of avoiding having their children removed or separated from the family unit by the Department of Children, Youth & Families (DCYF).  The East Bay FCCP is led by Child & Family with the following partner agencies:

  • East Bay Community Action Program
  • Newport County Community Mental Health

About Child & Family

Established in downtown Newport in 1866, Child & Family is celebrating its 150th anniversary of serving children and families throughout Rhode Island. Child & Family is the largest and most comprehensive social service provider in Newport County, and one of the largest in the State of Rhode Island.  With state-of-the-art Community Centers in both Middletown and Providence, Child & Family strengthens the fabric of family by providing important services and programs to thousands of children, teens, families and elders each year through multiple programs and services including: Sandpipers Early Learning Center, Family Preservation Services, Residential Programs for Children and Teens, Foster Care, Elder Care Services and much more.

31 John Clarke Road                           1268 Eddy Street

Middletown, RI 02842                       Providence, RI 02905

401-849-2300                                      401-781-3669