Recognize Child Abuse Prevention Month

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We invite you to join us in recognizing Child Abuse Prevention Month in April!

The future success of our state relies on the healthy growth and development of all children. When we work together to ensure their healthy development, the next generation pays it back through a lifetime of productivity and responsible citizenship.

With the support of engaged communities and nurturing families, all children can thrive and have the opportunity to grow into contributing, caring, and healthy adults.

We offer tools to help you create awareness of the importance of preventing abuse and neglect in your community, and tools to help the families in your community build nurturing relationships with their children.

Click the links below to find information about working with the media, involving elected officials, planning pinwheel garden events, and much more.

Learn more about the history of Child Abuse Prevention Month.

We want to know how you plan on recognizing Child Abuse Prevention Month 2018. Please take our short survey!


♦ Tips for planting a pinwheel garden - Tools for planning pinwheel gardens, ideas for using pinwheels, tools for encouraging your community to plant a pinwheel garden, and a downloadable pinwheel garden sign that can be customized with your organization's name and/or logo

Child Abuse Prevention Month Social Media Toolkit - Shareable images, cover photos, and profile pictures to download and customize.

Post Your Pinwheel   - Informational flyer about how to inspire action with social media! 

♦ Child Abuse Prevention Month Proclamation - Download and create one for your town or city.

♦ Tips for Working With the Media - Tools and tips for working with the media and sample media materials.

♦ Involving Elected Officials in Your April Event - Tools and tips for engaging elected officials in your Child Abuse Prevention Month activities, including sample invitations.

♦ Online Store - Forms to order materials and pinwheels

♦ Statistics and Research - Links to child abuse and neglect research and data

♦ Recognizing and Responding to Abuse and Neglect - Information about the effects of child abuse and neglect, what to do when you suspect child maltreatment, and links to information about DSS' Multiple Response System

♦ Pinwheel Activities for Families - Downloadable coloring sheets, instructions for making your own pinwheels, and resources about the importance of playing with children

♦ Photo and video consent & release form - Print and have adults in your photos, parents of children 18 & under, and the photographer sign the form. Please send all scanned/signed consent forms with your pictures to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to be featured on our social media channels and website!

Governor Cooper proclaims April 2017 Child Abuse Prevention Month

If you need more information or have any questions, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Communications Coordinator.


2017 Child Abuse Prevention Month Media Tools
(2018 materials coming soon!)

Press Releases

Public Service Announcements

Talking Points

Social Media Posts

Photo & Video Consent Form

Invitation Letters


Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina

A chapter of Prevent Child Abuse America

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