April 2000Vol. 1, No. 2April is Child Abuse Prevention Month
April has been designated as Child Abuse Prevention Month by presidential proclamation since 1983. By participating in Child Abuse Prevention Month activities and learning more about the issues, you are exercising your power to prevent child abuse.
During April 2000, public and private agencies, community organizations, volunteers, and concerned citizens combine their strength to highlight the problem of child abuse and to educate the public about how they can prevent it. Communities across the country offer special activities to raise public awareness of child abuse prevention. Activities include fundraisers, such as 5K runs/walks to raise money for child abuse prevention programs, poster/essay contests for children, "Family Day" at local zoos, wearing the blue ribbon, and special conferences by child abuse prevention organizations.
The National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information, sponsored by the Children's Bureau, is among the many entities that are distributing information to commemorate Child Abuse Prevention Month. At the center of the Clearinghouse's 2000 campaign is the new Child Abuse Prevention website (http://www.calib.com/nccanch/prevmnth) (Note: this link is no longer available; however, current child abuse prevention information and resources can be found at http://nccanch.acf.hhs.gov/topics/prevention/index.cfm). The site, built around the Children's Bureau year 2000 theme “You Have the Power to Prevent Child Abuse,” continues to add enhancements through April. The site features:
- Fact sheets covering the scope of the problem
- Suggested solutions to the problem
- Resources, including a poster and prevention tips for parents
- Contact information for partners in prevention
- A Web tool kit on using the Internet and sites to visit.
The Clearinghouse also is distributing a packet of print products containing a four-color poster to support commemoration efforts. Among other organizations prominently supporting Child Abuse Prevention Month are:
- Prevent Child Abuse America (www.preventchildabuse.org)
- National Indian Child Welfare Association (www.nicwa.org)
- National Alliance of Children's Trust and Prevention Funds (www.msu.edu/user/millsda/index.html)
- FRIENDS Technical Assistance Resource Center for Community-Based Family Resource and Support Programs (www.friendsnrc.org)
- Federal Agencies represented on the Interagency Work Group on Child Abuse and Neglect.
For more information about the Clearinghouse and Children's Bureau Prevention Month activities, contact the Clearinghouse by phone at 800-FYI-3366 or by email at email@example.com.