On Monday, April 27 at 9:00am as part of National Child Abuse Prevention Month, ICAN, Healthy Families of Oneida County and Healthy Families of Herkimer County will be showing the documentary “Broken Places” for free on Zoom.


Having an event revolving around the showing of a documentary has become tradition for ICAN. Last year, the film “Resilience” was shown at Herkimer College and the same in-person showing was planned for this year before the COVID-19 pandemic hit and the organizers pivoted plans to show it virtually.


The documentary poses the complex question of why some children are permanently damaged by early adversity while others are able to thrive. To help answer this question, 40 years of film archives were used to update stories of children growing up in difficult circumstances that were filmed decades ago. Some of these children were so scarred by abuse and neglect that they are now in mental institutions, correctional facilities, or drug rehabilitation centers. However, there are others who managed to overcome comparable childhood stress and are now healthy, self-sufficient adults. Viewers are given a unique time-lapse perspective that spans decades, witnessing how a few of these troubled children evolved into the adults they are today.


Those who would like to watch the documentary can register for free at brokenplacesshowing.eventbrite.com – all registered participants will be sent the Zoom link at the end of this week.


In addition to showing the documentary, ICAN coordinated a virtual pinwheel garden this week to show solidarity in preventing child abuse. ICAN staff and friends made their own pinwheels at home and sent in photos to be included on social media – it was a great way to stand together even though the team is working apart.


ABOUT Pinwheels for Prevention®

Pinwheels for Prevention® is a nationwide campaign, created by Prevent Child Abuse America and its state chapters. Its goal is to engage people in taking “extraordinary ordinary” actions that can reduce stress for families and increase resilience for kids—anything from writing a letter to the editor in support of family support programs to offering to babysit for a neighbor. The pinwheel is a happy and uplifting token of childhood. As part of these campaigns, New Yorkers make a promise to prevention by distributing them, “planting” pinwheel gardens, and hosting educational events.


About ICAN

ICAN, founded in 1997, is an innovative, community-based provider that facilitates individual and family-driven services to restore social, emotional, behavioral health and well being to keep families together. They currently provide support to over 1,500 individuals and families each day – prenatally through end of life – in over six counties.


About Healthy Families of Herkimer County

Healthy Families of Herkimer County (HFHC) is a true collaboration between ICAN and the Herkimer County Public Health. HFHC is a free, voluntary and fun program that

offers home-based services that assist expectant and new parents with the changes that come with the birth of a new child. HFHC supports over 100 families in Herkimer County each year.


About Healthy Families of Oneida County

Healthy Families of Oneida County is an evidence-based program, and the research shows that home-visiting can positively impact the lives of children and their families — families have healthier babies, demonstrate better knowledge of parenting and child development, create positive family bonds, develop connections to community resources, and have children who perform better in school.


Read more about all ICAN programs at www.ican.family


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