Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention

Community Concepts is a member of the Maine Childrens Trust, a statewide non profit organization whose mission is to prevent child abuse and neglect.  To learn more about the Maine Childrens Trust visit,

Community Concepts is the Child Abuse and Neglect (CAN) Prevention Council for Oxford County

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Below are details on some of the programs mentioned above:

Pinwheels for Prevention TM

Prevent Child Abuse America is proud to unveil its new campaign, Pinwheels for Prevention TM, introducing the pinwheel as a symbol for child abuse and neglect prevention nationwide.

April is Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month.  Look for the displayed pinwheels and join us in spreading the message that even if there is one child being abused or neglected that it is one child too many!  To learn more about Prevent Child Abuse America visit,

As the designated child abuse prevention council for Oxford County, Community Concepts offers Mandated Reporter training, parenting education programs, and information that focus’s on prevention, like the Period of Purple Crying.

Click here for Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention flyer.

DVDs are available to view at our office, please call Melissa to make an appointment at (207) 739-6544.


Period of Purple Crying:

The Period of PURPLE Crying® is the phrase used to describe the time in a baby’s life when they cry more than any other time.

The Period of PURPLE Crying is a new way to help parents understand this time in their baby’s life, which is a normal part of every infant’s development. It is confusing and concerning to be told your baby “has colic” because it sounds like it is an illness or a condition that is abnormal. When the baby is given medication to treat symptoms of colic, it reinforces the idea that there is something wrong with the baby, when in fact, the baby is going through a very normal developmental phase. That is why we prefer to refer to this time as the Period of PURPLE Crying. This is not because the baby turns purple while crying. The acronym is a meaningful and memorable way to describe what parents and their babies are going through.


The Period of PURPLE Crying begins at about 2 weeks of age and continues until about 3-4 months of age. There are other common characteristics of this phase, or period, which are better described by the acronym PURPLE. All babies go through this period. It is during this time that some babies can cry a lot and some far less, but they all go through it.
To learn more about the Period of Purple Crying visit:


Click for Babies Campaign:

CLICK for Babies is a grassroots public education campaign organized by the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome (NCSBS) in partnership with hospitals, public health and child abuse prevention groups to create awareness of the leading trigger for infant abuse, frustration with infant crying.

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During the campaign, communities all across North America donate handmade caps stitched in all shades of purple. Along with these caps, new parents receive a video, booklet, and bedside information describing the Period of PURPLE Crying (a period of time when infant crying increases; beginning when babies are about two weeks old, peaking in the second month and ending around the third to fifth month).

The collaboration and coordination it takes to make the caps, distribute them to hospitals, and deliver them to parents provides a fantastic opportunity to bring the whole community together in an effort to raise awareness about this important issue.

We collect hats yearlong for November and December distribution.

Click here for local article on Clicking for Babies.


Interested in hosting a mandated reporter training?

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