CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH

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Help #GreatChildhoods Happen This April! 
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, a national month dedicated to recognizing the ways that people can get involved in the healthy development of children. Prevent Child Abuse America and Minnesota Communities Caring for Children are spreading the message that everyone plays a role in helping great childhoods happen. Get involved with child abuse prevention by taking part in activities like mentoring children and parents, advocating for family-friendly policies, and donating time and money.
Small Steps, Big Differences
A study commissioned by Prevent Child Abuse America shows that only 27% of Americans report that they are engaged in prevention. However, that same study showed that 80% of Americans reported donating goods, money or time to an organization supporting children and families,70% reported volunteering with children through places of worship, schools, and sports or academic clubs, and 56% provided mentorship to a child in their family, neighborhood, or community.
"These numbers show that many people are already involved in activities that prevent child abuse and neglect, they just don't realize it," said Dan Duffy, President and CEO of Prevent Child Abuse America. Learn more about how your actions can help spread the word about how prevention can make a difference for Minnesota children and families by
sharing the Small Steps, Big Differences campaign.
Ready Your Pinwheels
Pinwheels are the national symbol of child abuse prevention and a visible reminder of the happy and healthy childhood that all children deserve. Each year, advocates and community partners in Minnesota plant pinwheel gardens in recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month. When we invest in healthy child development, we are investing in community development.
Order your pinwheels for Child Abuse Prevention month here.
You can also order MCCC CAP Month bookmarks, brochures, and other publications here.
Turn Minnesota Blue
On Friday, April 5th, Minnesota Communities Caring for Children is participating in #WearBlue 2019, a day dedicated to celebrating child abuse prevention efforts across the country. Wear your favorite blue jeans, blue hoodies, blue hair, blue it all! Show everyone your support by joining with organizations and individuals across the country to bring awareness to prevention.

Child Abuse Prevention Month Resources 

This is a list of resources that communities can use to build awareness about stopping child abuse and neglect before it happens and to create environments where all children’s development is nurtured.