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April 2017Vol. 18, No. 2April Is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

Every April, the Children's Bureau observes National Child Abuse Prevention Month to raise public awareness of child abuse and neglect, recommit efforts and resources aimed at protecting children and strengthening families, and promote community involvement through activities that support the cause. The theme of this year's Child Abuse Prevention Month initiative continues to mirror the theme of the 20th National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect, "Building Community, Building Hope."

This year's initiative also highlights the 2016/2017 Prevention Resource Guide: Building Community, Building Hope, which is intended to support child welfare service providers in their work with parents, caregivers, and their children to strengthen families and prevent child maltreatment. It was developed through a partnership between the Office on Child Abuse and Neglect within the Children's Bureau, Child Welfare Information Gateway, and the FRIENDS National Center for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention. This year, the Prevention Resource Guide was updated with new child maltreatment statistics for Federal fiscal year 2015, which can be found in Chapter 4, "Protecting Children." 

Also in 2017, two new web-only tip sheets were made available on the Child Abuse Prevention Month website. "Find Affordable Housing for Your Family" directs families to valuable resources to understand affordable housing and other available resources. "Preparing Your Family for an Emergency" outlines the components of a family emergency preparedness plan for various types of disasters.

The information and resources available in the Prevention Resource Guide can be used all year to help professionals and families prevent maltreatment and work toward child and family well-being. For more information on National Child Abuse Prevention Month, or to view or order a copy of the 2016/2017 Prevention Resource Guide, visit the National Child Abuse Prevention Month website at

The 2016/2017 Prevention Resource Guide and activity calendars are also available on the Preventing Child Abuse & Neglect section of the Child Welfare Information Gateway website at