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April 2002Vol. 3, No. 3April 2002 is Child Abuse Prevention Month

April has been designated as Child Abuse Prevention Month by presidential proclamation since 1983. This year's theme, "Cherish Our Children—Strengthen America's Families," was chosen by the Children's Bureau of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families.

The National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information supports the Children's Bureau's observance of Child Abuse Prevention Month by hosting a Web page and disseminating packets of print materials, including a new four-color poster. The Web page and print packet offer an array of informative and helpful resources. Read articles about fathers' roles with children and families, faith communities' contributions to child welfare, and preventing maltreatment of children with disabilities. Find contact information for organizations that work to prevent child abuse and neglect. Follow the calendar of daily activities that you can do to help prevent child abuse and neglect. And find out how to nominate an effective or innovative prevention program as part of the Emerging Practices in Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention project.

You can visit the Clearinghouse's revised and updated "Prevention 2002" Web page, launched April 1 at: (Editor's note: this link is no longer available. The current Prevention Initiative website is To obtain a free print packet, call the Clearinghouse at 800-FYI-3366 or send an email request to

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"New Packet from Prevent Child Abuse America Aids Prevention Efforts" (this issue of CBX)

Childhelp USA sponsored the fourth annual National Day of Hope on April 3. For more information about this special Prevention Month activity, visit (Editor's note: this link is no longer active.)

On April 30, EPOCH-USA (End Physical Punishment of Children) will sponsor the fifth annual SpankOut Day USA. Read more about it in "April 30 Designated as Day for Non-Violent Discipline" in this issue of CBX.