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April 2024Vol. 25, No. 3April Is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

Every April, the Children’s Bureau, together with Child Welfare Information Gateway and other partner organizations, observes National Child Abuse Prevention Month (NCAPM), a time dedicated to raising public awareness of child abuse and neglect and recognizing the importance of communities working together to support and strengthen families and prevent child maltreatment.

This year, NCAPM continues the theme “Doing Things Differently: Moving From the Challenge to the Change,” which urges us to intentionally explore, engage, and invest in innovative ideas to transform the way we partner with families to deliver services and supports. The campaign also continues to be grounded in the Children's Bureau's commitment to do the following:

  • Promote equity in state child welfare systems
  • Develop and enhance the child welfare workforce
  • Support kinship caregivers
  • Prevent children from coming into foster care
  • Ensure youth leave care with strengthened relationships, holistic supports, and opportunities

Visitors to this year’s campaign webpage will find a variety of information and resources:

  • View and download a copy of the 2023/2024 Prevention Resource Guide, which serves as a key resource and tool for community-based providers who work to prevent maltreatment and promote family well-being. It's rooted in protective factors and provides concrete examples of evidence-based and promising practices and strategies gathered from those with lived expertise, federal partners, Children's Bureau-funded grant recipients, communities, and others who are working to support families.
  • Explore a collection of videos in the multimedia gallery. Several new additions include the Capacity Building Center for State’s video “Reflecting on Racial Equity and Prevention-Focused Systems” and the FRIENDS National Center for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention’s Sharing the Journey: Voices of Parent Leaders video series.
  • Learn about the protective factors in this Child Welfare Information Gateway publication and consider using these conversation guides, available in English and Spanish, to engage caregivers in personalized conversations about the protective factors.
  • Access the outreach toolkit for graphics, social media posts, a virtual meeting background, and more that can be used in digital communications and to supplement community awareness efforts.

Visit the NCAPM webpage on the Child Welfare Information Gateway website to learn more.