Monday, April 6, 2009

National Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time to raise awareness about child abuse and neglect and encourage individuals and communities to support children and families.

From Covenant to Care for Children's letter to the editor:

Covenant to Care for Children participates in a nation wide tradition of observing April as Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month. We observe the month with many public awareness and education activities across the state involving starting with a statewide prayer offered the first weekend of April. This year Olivet Congregational Church, Bridgeport; Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Monroe St. Alban's Episcopal Church, Simsbury; The Parish of St. Catherine of Sienna, Trumbull; Long Ridge United Methodist Church, Danbury; Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, Southbury; St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Monroe; First Congregational Church, Derby; Wilton Congregational Church, Wilton; United Church of Southbury; St. Bridget Church, Manchester; Kensington Congregational Church, Kensington; Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Trumbull; Asylum Hill Congregational Church, Hartford and other faith communities are joining together to offer one prayer that Connecticut has the strength to end child abuse in Connecticut.

You can learn more here (from Covenant to Care for Children), and from their website:
  1. Remember that children are the future
  2. Recognize prevention is a shared responsibility
  3. Raise the issue of prevention
  4. Reach out to kids and parents
  5. Recommend ideas that your community can use
  6. Respond to family crises

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