April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

A month dedicated to raising awareness and prevention of child abuse through programs and activities that help stop child abuse and provide for children’s physical, emotional, and developmental needs.

HISTORY

National Child Abuse Prevention Month was first observed in 1983 by proclamation by President Ronald Reagan. The Office on Child Abuse and Neglect continues to coordinate activities, prepare promotional materials and host multidisciplinary forums focused on prevention, education, and awareness on an annual basis.


Every April, Child Abuse Prevention Month is an opportunity to learn about the signs of child abuse and how to prevent it.
Communities around the nation come together to support families and children by reinforcing strategies that are working. Outreach programs, resources, and activities offer tools for identifying abuse and neglect. With each opportunity, we bring hope to families and come closer to an end for child abuse and neglect.
River Bridge Regional Center

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, classes, and events 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.

Show Your Support for Child Abuse Prevention

  • Public Awareness Display. Check out River Bridge and CASA of the 9th’s public awareness display at Alpine Bank on Grand Avenue during the month of April. More displays coming! If your business would like to participate and would like us to create a display (small or large), please reach out to Mary Cloud, Assistant Director.
  • Wear Blue/Denim. Days will be on April 3rd and April 29th this year. But you can wear blue all month long! Snap your photo and post to social media with #WearBlue4COKids to show your support. 
  • Shine Blue. Put a blue lightbulb one of your outdoor lights to shine blue and show support for victims and survivors of child abuse.
  • Attend our 8th Annual Fundraiser. The Bluegrass & Blue Jean Ball! This year the event will be on Saturday April 4th at the Spring Creeks Ranch in Carbondale. More information here.
  • Participate in a class or training. See our list of events on our Events Calendar. Join us to learn about abuse and actions you can take to create a safer community!
  • 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.