Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. A month dedicated to raising awareness and preventing child abuse through programs and activities that help stop child abuse and provide for children's physical, emotional, and developmental needs.  

"All children deserve to grow up in a caring and loving environment, yet across America, hundreds of thousands of children are neglected or abused each year, often causing lasting consequences. Although effectively intervening in the lives of these children and their families is an important responsibility at all levels of government, preventing abuse and neglect is a shared obligation. During National Child Abuse Prevention Month, we recommit to giving every child a chance to succeed and to ensuring that every child grows up in a safe, stable, and nurturing environment that is free from abuse and neglect."

~ President Barack Obama 2016

April 2018

River Bridge Regional Center is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of child abuse. During April and throughout the year we hope to engage our community through dialogue and action to keep our children safe. Join us in community discussions, trainings, and classes to learn more about abuse and actions that we can all take. By breaking the silence and exposing the secrecy that binds child abuse, we can make a positive impact and be the change in the lives of children. 

April Actions to Prevent Child Abuse: Be a Part of the Movement!
  • Window Painting - River Bridge Regional Center will be painting store windows to help spread the word that April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. 

  • Social Media - Add the River Bridge Child Abuse Awareness Boarder to your Facebook profile picture and encourage your friends to do the same. Click here to add a border to your picture!
  • Wear a Child Abuse Prevention Pin - Spark the conversation by wearing a blue child abuse awareness pin. Pins can be found at River Bridge Regional Center. 
  • Bingo Night - Carbondale Beer Works Bingo Night! A fun night that benefits River Bridge Regional Center. Join us on Wednesday, April 4th, 2017 at 7:00 pm at Carbondale Beer Works.   
  • Wear Blue Day - Friday, April 6th, 2018 - Wear Blue 2018, a day dedicated to celebrating child abuse prevention efforts across the country.
    • Wearing blue on April 6 and tell people you are participating in a national day to highlight child abuse prevention. 
    • Take a picture of yourself and your colleagues all dressed in blue and share it on your favorite social media platform using the #WearBlue hashtag.
    • Share a story of how you help mentor children, advocate for policies that keep kids safe, or donate time or money to a local child-serving organization and inspire others to get involved during Child Abuse Prevention month.
  • Join us for a Community Discussion - A community discussion about the importance of Mandated Reporting. Join this critical community discussion on Mandated Reporting. We need your help to ensure our community and our children are safe. Monday, April 9th, 2018 at 3:00 pm at the Carbondale Branch Library. 
  • Participate in a Class or Training - See our list of events below! Join us to learn about abuse and actions you can take to create a safer community.   

Child Abuse Prevention Month