April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. We all can play a part in strengthening families. Five protective factors help to protect children from child abuse and neglect.

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. This month and throughout the year, Michigan State University Extension and the Children’s Trust Fund of Michigan encourages all individuals and organizations to play a role in making communities a better place for families. By ensuring that parents have the knowledge, skills, and resources they need to care for their children, we can help prevent child abuse and neglect by strengthening families and communities.

Research sited by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services shows that five important factors are present in healthy families. Promoting these factors is among the most effective ways to reduce the risk of child abuse and neglect. They are:

  • Nurturing and attachment
  • Knowledge of parenting and of child and youth development
  • Parental resilience
  • Social connections
  • Concrete supports for parents

April is a time to celebrate the important role that communities play in protecting children. Everyone’s participation is critical. Focusing on ways to promote the five protective factors, in every interaction with families, is the best thing our community can do to strengthen families and prevent child abuse and neglect.

To kick-off April as Child Abuse Prevention Month, pinwheel “gardens” will be planted across the State of Michigan in April. Thousands of pinwheels will spin in courthouse, school, library and city hall “gardens” in more than 28 Michigan counties throughout the month of April to call attention to the importance of child abuse and neglect prevention. The pinwheel is a national symbol for child abuse and neglect for prevention because it is reflective of the bright future all children deserve.

Look for more activities in the month of April promoting the prevention of child abuse and neglect. Contact your local MSU Extension office for social and emotional programs that support families of young children.

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