Child Abuse Prevention Month 2023

April is National Child Abuse Prevention (CAP) Month, a time when child wellness and child welfare organizations across the U.S. elevate the importance of creating systems and programs that put children and families first.

Building Together

Child abuse and neglect are preventable, and all communities benefit when children and families are well supported. Prevent Child Abuse America recognizes that all community members have play a role in ensuring that children have positive experiences and families have the resources they need when they need them, well before they are in crisis. Our annual awareness and impact campaign, Child Abuse Prevention (CAP) Month, provides the opportunity for us to lead in partnership with our national network of state chapters to prevent child abuse beforeit happens and ensure all children and families have the resources and support to reach their full potential and thrive.

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Highlights from Child Abuse Prevention Month

How to get involved

Wear Blue the month of April to show your support

Show your style and support for Prevent Child Abuse America. Proceeds from these shirts will allow us to continue our work directly with families and communities. Pick up a shirt a shirt today – it’s one of many ways you can be a partner in prevention!

Digital Advocacy Day

Each year, PCA America holds a nationwide Digital Advocacy Day on April 19 during Child Abuse Prevention (CAP) month. This platform allows us to collectively amplify our voices and advocate for increased investments in community-based solutions and family-strengthening policies such as Title II, the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program, Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention (CBCAP) grants, and the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act. Read our one-pager for more information and be sure to check out our policy page to learn how you can become more involved.

Plant a virtual pinwheel to show your support

In 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic shut down real events, the first virtual pinwheel garden was born to allow anyone – anywhere – to participate in planting a new kind of pinwheel garden and help support happy and healthy families everywhere. Enjoy the newest version of the pinwheel garden – back and better than ever!

Support Public Policy

Support PCA’s public policy initiatives and visit our public policy page for more information about our current policies that need your support now.

Social Media Kit

Make sure to catalog all posts/tweets you can with the hashtags: #CAPMonth2023 #PreventioninPartnership #IamPrevention. Similarly, include calls to action whenever possible. Twitter users, for instance, are more likely to engage in content that asks a question or that has a picture, video or link that they can easily retweet and share, so try to include as much of this varying content as you can. Additionally, make sure to retweet those that mention you, and reply to those who are wanting to start a dialogue. It’s very important to interact with your followers! We also want to encourage you to live-post and tweet any events you host or are a part of during April.

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Resources from our partners on Child Abuse Prevention Month

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  • Four circular images of multicultural families with blue circular patterns behind them.

    Child Welfare Information Gateway (CWIG)  

    Child Welfare Information Gateway promotes the safety, permanency, and well-being of children, youth, and families by connecting child welfare, adoption, and related professionals as well as the public to information, resources, and tools covering topics on child welfare, child abuse and neglect, out-of-home care, adoption, and more.

    Partner Resources

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    Partnerships as a Pathway to Prevention  

    One in seven children in the United States experiences child abuse and/or neglect each year, resulting in an array of adverse outcomes, including chronic pain, psychological concerns (anxiety, anger and aggression, depression, and suicidal thoughts or ideation), and poor or delayed social and behavioral development. In light of that, Pathway to Resilience addressed the issues of child abuse and neglect through a cross-sector collaboration.

    Partner Resources

  • 3D style Building Better Childhoods logo in pink text with a blue trail in the background.

    Building Better Childhoods  

    The Building Better Childhoods Toolkit is intended to support organizations in their interaction with media, the general public, and other stakeholders when speaking about childhood adversity.

    Partner Resources

  • A yellow cut out of a human head profile on a yellow background in a paper cut out style, with layers descending in size creating a brain shape with a figure of a person in the center.

    Your Number Story  

    ACEs are Adverse Childhood Experiences. Our ACE history counts experiences of abuse, neglect and household challenges that happened to us as children. But that number does not define us. It is simply an entry point to our own personal story.

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    Ann & Robert H Lurie Children Hospital of Chicago App  

    Our Partner Lurie Children’s Hospital Launches the new app, called LCAST (Lurie Children’s Child Injury Plausibility Assessment Support Tool) aims to increase earlier recognition of abuse in babies and children under 4 years of age who have bruises, with the hope of decreasing the incidence of severe injury and death from child abuse in this age group.

    Partner Resources

  • A man, with clear glasses and curly dark hair, kisses the cheek of a smiling baby, with curly brown hair, that he is holding in his arms.

    Healthy Families America  

    Healthy Families America is the signature home visiting program of Prevent Child Abuse America, the nation’s oldest and largest organization dedicated to the prevention of child abuse and neglect.

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Support families during Child Abuse Prevention Month

New mom Alejandra says that Healthy Families America has helped her to heal from own childhood trauma and helped her to “see that I can raise my kid differently than how I was raised and give my boys the best version of me.”

Make a gift today and help support more families like Alejandra’s.

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