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.
A Presidential Proclamation
“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.“
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
- Public Awareness Display – Check out River Bridge’s public awareness display at the Garfield County Court House on 8th and Colorado. Each blue pinwheel represents one of the 223 children that we served last year.
In 2008, Prevent Child Abuse America introduced the pinwheel as the new national symbol for child abuse prevention through Pinwheels for Prevention®. By its very nature, the pinwheel connotes whimsy and childlike notions. In essence, it has come to serve as the physical embodiment, or reminder, of the great childhoods we want for all children.
- 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.
- Wear Blue Day – Friday, April 5th, 2019 – Wear Blue 2019, a day dedicated to celebrating child abuse prevention efforts across the country.
- Wearing blue on April 5 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.
- Get Frasier’s Pawtograph – Friday April 12th, Join River Bridge and the Two Rivers Victim Advocates as we celebrate Child Abuse Prevention Month and Crime Victims Awareness week. Take a photo with Frasier, get his pawtograph, and learn about resources and activities in our community.
- 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.