• March/April 2001
  • Vol. 2, No. 2

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April Is Child Abuse Prevention Month

"You Have the Power to Prevent Child Abuse"—that's the message promoted by the Children's Bureau in commemoration of National Child Abuse Prevention Month in April. April has been designated as Child Abuse Prevention Month by presidential proclamation since 1983.

The National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information, sponsored by the Children's Bureau, is among the many entities observing Child Abuse Prevention Month. Visit the Clearinghouse's revised and updated “Prevention 2001” Web page, scheduled for launch on April 1. (Reach the prevention page through the Clearinghouse's home page at http://nccanch.acf.hhs.gov). The 2001 page highlights new prevention resources focused on cultural diversity, as well as contacts, statistics, background information, and a "hotlinked" compilation of online resources.

The Clearinghouse has prepared a print packet containing many of the materials available on the website as well as a four-color poster. To obtain a free packet, call the Clearinghouse at 800-FYI-3366 or send an email request to nccanch@caliber.com.

Many public and private agencies, community organizations, volunteers, and concerned citizens will sponsor events and conduct outreach during Child Abuse Prevention Month. Organizations that partner with the Clearinghouse to commemorate Prevention Month include the following:

  • FRIENDS Technical Assistance Resource Center for Community-Based Family Resource and Support Programs (http://www.friendsnrc.org)
  • Federal Agencies represented on the Interagency Work Group on Child Abuse and Neglect (http://www.calib.com/nccanch/prevmnth/general/interag.cfm) (Editor's note: this link is no longer available.)
  • Prevent Child Abuse America (http://www.preventchildabuse.org)
  • National Indian Child Welfare Association (http://www.nicwa.org)
  • National Alliance of Children's Trust and Prevention Funds (http://www.msu.edu/user/millsda/)
  • Parents Anonymous, Inc. (http://www.parentsanonymous.org)

Many States have plans for commemorating Child Abuse Prevention Month. Visit the FRIENDS Technical Assistance Resource Center website for information and ideas.

Also, Childhelp USA will sponsor the third annual National Day of Hope on April 4. For more information about this special Prevention Month activity, see the article "April 4 Is National Day of Hope" in this issue of CB Express.

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