National Child Abuse Prevention Month
Dare to be the One!
Go Blue Alaska!
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In recognition of National Child Abuse Prevention Month in April, we are daring Alaskans to be that one who makes a difference in a child’s life. We believe it takes a community to raise a child, and you don’t have to be a parent to take steps to help keep children safe and healthy.
When one person makes the decision to step into a child’s life, they can help prevent abuse or neglect, and make an impact in ways they could ever imagine. Mentoring, teaching, fostering, or volunteering, there’s so many ways to get involved.
Would you be that person for a child?
Each day in April, we will share on social media an idea or example of how every person can make the difference in the life of a child. The tips are based on the five "protective factors" identified by Strengthening Families™, a research-informed, cost-effective strategy to increase family strengths, enhance child development, and reduce child abuse and neglect. Be sure to follow us on Facebook. Dare to be the one!
We have listed resources that can help with building relationships with your child, organizations that can you keep a child safe, and information we trust to support children’s healthy development.
Report Child Abuse
Care Enough to Call
If you see or suspect child abuse or neglect:
For more information or training: www.ReportChildAbuse.alaska.gov
Ways to Make a Difference
For your family:
As a parent, block out 15 minutes a day to play one-on-one with your child — doing anything he or she wants.
Tell the children or youth in your life how much you care for them and appreciate them. All children deserve to have someone who is “crazy about them” and loves them unconditionally.
Work with the kids in your life to explore their heritage and learn their family’s story.
Connect with grandparents to preserve cultural heritage. Grandparents are an incredible source of cultural heritage — from traditions to language to food! Encourage them to tell stories to their grandchildren and even visit their schools to share where they come from.
For friends and neighbors:
Compliment a father — someone you know or even someone in public — on something positive you see him do with his children. Dads contribute uniquely to children’s development.
Offer your time to baby-sit for the child of a friend, neighbor or family member.
Mentor a young dad you know in growing his relationship with his kids.
Support parents looking for a job by offering your professional knowledge and experience in resume writing or preparing for a job interview. Financial stability links directly with family stability and can have a big effect on the emotional well-being of caregivers and their children.
Encourage single mothers you know, whenever possible, to support the involvement of children’s fathers in their lives. When non-custodial dads work to be involved in the lives of their children, they need the positive support of the child’s other parent or caretaker to encourage the development of that relationship.
Arrange a potluck event in your neighborhood to get to know other parents and their kids.
For your community:
Sponsor, volunteer at or participate at local events or nonprofits.
Take action on legislative issues that affect children and families. Call your elected representatives.
Introduce yourself to your neighbors.
Create a “Safe Children Zone” in your neighborhood. Host a community meeting with your neighbors to talk about what each of you can do to help create a sense of safety for the children in your neighborhood.
Volunteer at or donate resources to a local preschool or daycare center.
Ask yours or another faith-based organization in your community about donations that can be made to support families in need.
Become a foster parent.
Five protective factors for strengthening families
Knowledge of Parenting & Child Development
Concrete Support in Time of Need
Healthy Social & Emotional Development of Children