Child Abuse Prevention Month 2020 Announcement
This April, National Child Abuse Prevention Month (CAP Month), Prevent Child Abuse Indiana, a division of the Villages reinforces the role that each person plays in ensuring that children, families, and entire communities thrive by participating in the month-long nationwide awareness and impact campaign: “Everyone Can Make Great Childhoods Happen—Especially You!”
“April is a time to help people across the country understand that safe, stable, and nurturing relationships and environments are necessary to ensure that children grow up happy and healthy,” explained Sandy Runkle, Director of Programs for Prevent Child Abuse Indiana, “People don’t need to have special skills or be a certain kind of person to help make great childhoods happen—all they have to be is willing.”
Prevent Child Abuse Indiana wants individuals to understand that small discreet actions can make a big difference in a child’s life and a parent’s as well. It’s possible to do the things you normally do—cook, read, coach, make art, or play music—and, at the same time, help families and community prosper.
Suggestions for making a difference in a child’s life and helping to support parents and communities everyday include:
• Are you a foodie? Enlist local bakeries, cafés, and restaurants to create special dishes or desserts that draw attention to CAP Month (cookies with blue icing are a great way to promote Wear Blue Day: April 3).
• Business owner? Launch a give-back fundraising campaign, donating a portion of April’s proceeds to your local PCA chapter.
• Social media maven? Spread the word and encourage members of your network to share stories about how they take small but impactful steps to support children and families in their communities.
• Want your voice to be heard? Contact your elected officials and urge them to support programs that promote safe healthy childhoods and family friendly policies such as paid family leave and earned income tax credits.
For more examples of how you can get involved, please visit PCAIN.org.
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