National Child Abuse Prevention Month
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time to recognize that we each can play an important role in promoting the social and emotional well-being of children and families in communities. Please join us in building community awareness that the future prosperity of our communities depends on our ability to foster the health and well-being of the next generation.
Remember, although April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, you can act to support families and protect children all year round.
What Can I Do 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.
Read Governor Bill Walker's 2017 Executive Proclamation establishing Child Abuse Prevention Month in Alaska. (COMING SOON)
Prevention Month Toolkit
Prevention Month Toolkit can be utilized by individuals, organizations and communities. Within this toolkit you will find sample communications pieces, suggestions for outreach, and advocacy opportunities.