Look for Safe Place Sites
Look for Safe Place Sites
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 Child Abuse Prevention Month
   April is Child Abuse Prevention Month
During the month of April, you may be seeing blue ribbons and blue pinwheels in our area.  That is because many non-profits and organizations which work with children are hoping to raise awareness around the issue of child abuse in our community.  Whether the abuse is physical or emotional, the toll on a child can last a lifetime and lead to significant developmental delays and even adverse physical outcomes later on in the life of a child. So what can you do to help children?  A lot.
1)  Help alleviate stress in a family you know.  High levels of stress within a family can lead to increased incidences of at-risk behaviors. If you notice that a family is experiencing stress due to economic or other worries, reach out.  Offer a "time out" to parents by offering to babysit for free.   Form a relationship. Show them you care.   Positive relationships can help to reduce stress and promote well-being. 
2) Be a good listener.  We all need to feel like we matter. Sometimes, someone who is under tremendous pressure simply needs to feel that they are heard.  You can practice empathy by simply listening: you do not necessarily need to offer solutions, but simply lend an ear. 
3) Learn to recognize the signs of abuse and neglect in a child, such as avoidance of other adults or an inability to make eye contact. 
4)  If you suspect something, please, say somethingIt is up to everyone to be protectors and advocates for the children in our community.  They belong to all of us. 

Safe Place

   Safe Place Sites in Chatham County

Please help us to spread the word that there are dozens of safe place sites managed by Greenbriar in Savannah and Chatham County which are identifiable by a large yellow and black sign with the safe place logo, as shown above. Safe Place sites are located at local businesses and organizations such as libraries and schools. A child can find immediate help from a staff member when seeking help at one of these designated organizations.   Please protect a child in your care by educating them to look for safe place signs when you are out walking or driving.  In addition, you can find a safe place site in Chatham County by scanning the code below.  
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Greenbriar Children's Center operates two early childhood education programs for children from primarily low income families ages 6 months to 5 years; a Family Preservation & Support Program which provides FREE counseling and other services to families in need; and an emergency shelter for children ages 11-18 who are abused, abandoned, neglected or who are runaways or homeless (one of only two in the entire Coastal Empire.) For more information, visit http://www.greenbriarchildrenscenter.org  Thank you!

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3709 Hopkins Street Savannah, GA 31405

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