By: Kris Demers, Prevent Child Abuse NC Communications Manager
Date Posted: March 19, 2019
It’s that time of the year again: April is Child Abuse Prevention Month! Over the years, April was a month dedicated to raising awareness of child abuse and neglect as an issue. However, in recent years, we’ve shifted that focus to instead raise awareness not of child abuse and neglect, but the ways in which we can prevent child abuse and neglect. Take a look at the shift that happened!
Recent research shows that experiencing trauma, like child abuse or neglect, can drastically change the brain and increase the risk of health and social problems throughout a lifetime.
Studies show that as communities work together to build relationships, resilience increases while rates of childhood trauma and health problems decrease. Science also explains that caring relationships can prevent and mitigate the effects of trauma at any age.
We all have a role to play in healthy child development, and our goal this Child Abuse Prevention Month is to help others recognize that role and the ways we can maximize our impact.
Throughout April, we encourage you to find at least one way that you can utilize your skills, passion, and do more of what you love to make connections that matter in your community. That’s why we’re excited to share this infographic, “Do More of What You Love to Help Build #GreatChildhoods,” from Prevent Child Abuse America.
When you purchase a #KidsFirst license plate, you'll raise funds for the NC Children's Trust Fund which helps fund nearly 40 programs across North Carolina that prevent child abuse and neglect while also spreading the message everyday on the roads that we should put kids first!
Use our Child Abuse Prevention Month Online Toolkit to write a Letter to the Editor, write a press release, get social media post samples,
or submit a proclamation for Child Abuse Prevention Month to your City Council and Board of Commissioners.
You’ll be raising awareness for - and starting conversations about - child abuse and neglect prevention strategies and efforts that work!
In 2008, Prevent Child Abuse America introduced the pinwheel as the national prevention symbol – reminding us of the innocence and joy of the #GreatChildhoods every child deserves.
Be an advocate for kids by sharing posts about children’s issues and effective prevention strategies on social media.
Use our Child Abuse Prevention Month 2019 Social Media Calendar for ideas!
Run or walk a 5K or 1-mile course while learning about the 5 Protective Factors that help build strong and healthy families!
Join us Saturday, April 13 in Raleigh, NC!
Join us for the 4th Annual $1 Ramen Day at Torii Noodle Bar in Raleigh, NC on April 17, 2019!
Join us for Free Cone Day at any Ben & Jerry’s location in Charlotte, NC on Tuesday, April 9!
The event will include facepainting, balloon artists and an option to skip the line by making a donation!
All proceeds go to Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina.
North Carolina spends too much money on a preventable problem. More than $2 billion annually is spent on the downstream consequences of child abuse and neglect—straining our social services, healthcare, criminal justice, education, and foster care systems, according to a 2010 study by Prevent Child Abuse America.
The NC Budget & Tax Center released a brief this year citing a 29% increase in instances of child abuse and neglect in the past 19 years in North Carolina, while there has been no increase in funding for prevention services.
This is why we need you!
Wear Blue Day 2019 is on Friday, April 5th!
Raise awareness for the safe, stable, nurturing homes and communitities all children need to thrive and wear all blue!
Take a photo of you, your coworkers, friends and family wearing blue and share on social media with the hahstags:
#WearBlue, #ConnectionsMatterNC and #CAPmonth
Attend Strolling Thunder: A Think BabiesTM NC Advocacy Day on Tuesday, April 9 in Raleigh, NC!
Can’t attend? Follow #ThinkBabiesNC on Twitter.
Take one of Prevent Child Abuse NC’s trainings: