• April 2019
  • Vol. 20, No. 3

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April 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 National Child Abuse Prevention Month initiative mirrors the theme of the 21st National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect, "Strong and Thriving Families," and focuses on helping individuals and organizations in every community strengthen families and prevent child abuse and neglect.

This year's initiative also highlights 2019 Prevention Resource Guide: Strong and Thriving Families, which is intended to support child welfare service providers in their work with parents, caregivers, and 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 (CBCAP).

This year, the Prevention Resource Guide features the following updates:

  • New CBCAP state examples that highlight a different protective factor
  • Hard copy versions of the tip sheets, "Finding Housing Help for Your Family" and "Preparing Your Family for an Emergency," which previously were only available online
  • Updated child maltreatment statistics

The information and resources available in this year's Prevention Resource Guide can be used all year to help professionals and families prevent maltreatment and work toward improved child and family well-being. For more information on National Child Abuse Prevention Month and to view or order a copy of the 2019 Prevention Resource Guide, visit the National Child Abuse Prevention Month website at https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/preventing/preventionmonth/.

Additional information and resources on child abuse and neglect prevention, protecting children from risk of abuse, and strengthening families can be accessed on the Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect section of the Child Welfare Information Gateway website at https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/preventing/.

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