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March 2000Vol. 1, No. 1Annual Child Abuse Prevention Month Slated for April

National, State, and local organizations will recognize April 2000 as Child Abuse Prevention Month, an annual observation aimed at educating individuals and communities about how they can help prevent the abuse and neglect of children.

The National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information, sponsored by the Children's Bureau, is among the many entities that will distribute information resources and sponsor special programs and events to commemorate the month. April has been designated as Child Abuse Prevention Month by presidential proclamation since 1983.

At the center of the Clearinghouse's 2000 campaign is a new Child Abuse Prevention website ( (Editor's note: this link is no longer available.) The site, built around the Children's Bureau year 2000 theme "You Have the Power of Prevention," will continue to add enhancements through April. The site will feature:

  • Information on program evaluation
  • Profiles of prevention programs
  • Prevention tips to share with parents
  • Additional contacts and resources.

The Clearinghouse also will distribute packets of print products as well as a four-color poster to support commemoration efforts. Among organizations prominently supporting Child Abuse Prevention Month are:

  • Prevent Child Abuse America
  • National Indian Child Welfare Association
  • National Alliance of Children's trust and Prevention Funds
  • FRIENDS Technical Assistance Resource Center for Community-Based Family Resource and Support Programs
  • Federal Agencies represented on the Interagency Work Group on Child Abuse and Neglect.

For more information about Clearinghouse and Children's Bureau Prevention Month plans, contact the Clearinghouse by phone at 800-FYI-3366 or by email at