With more than one million people passing through South Coast Plaza in the month of September, the Festival of Children celebration hosted several free events for Orange County’s children and parents to enjoy together. Additional family-friendly activities were hosted by 75 participating nonprofits, including the Child Abuse Prevention Center, whose booth saw over 1,600 families.
“The Festival of Children provides the community with an opportunity to become aware of all of the valuable programs and services charities in Orange County offer,” said Sandy Segerstrom Daniels, founder and executive director of the Festival of Children Foundation. “A few years ago, a Festival of Children attendee was able to find information at the Orange County Child Abuse Prevention Center booth to share with a friend who was aware of a child in an abusive home.”
This year, the Child Abuse Prevention Center’s booth spotlighted their Parent to Parent program, a program funded by the County of Orange Health Care Agency that provides parent education services at no cost to Orange County families with children ages 0-12. The parent education curriculum covers topics such as strengthening relationships, reducing conflict, collaborative planning, and problem solving.
“Positive parenting practices are vital for great families, and are an ideal theme for the Festival of Children and National Child Awareness Month,” said Scott Trotter, executive director of the Child Abuse Prevention Center. “The activities hosted by Sandy Segerstrom Daniels and the Festival of Children Foundation provided a unique opportunity to bring families together while connecting them to the tremendous network of nonprofit support here in our community.”
For more information about the Parent to Parent program or to enroll in classes, please contact Nicole Yepiz at 714-955-6547 or NYepiz@BrightFutures4Kids.org.
About The Child Abuse Prevention Center
The Child Abuse Prevention Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to serving at-risk children and families in crisis. The Child Abuse Prevention Center operates 14 programs that work with families in their own homes to break the generational cycle of child abuse. As Orange County’s leading organization focused exclusively on the prevention of child abuse, the Child Abuse Prevention Center has served over 250,000 since its inception in 1983. For more information please visit: www.BrightFutures4Kids.org or engage on Facebook at www.facebook.com/