April Is Child Abuse Prevention Month
Child Abuse Prevention Month is an annual observance that takes place in April to raise awareness and educate the public about the prevention of child abuse and neglect. The first Child Abuse Prevention Month was observed in 1983, when President Ronald Reagan signed a proclamation designating April as a time to focus on preventing child abuse.
In 2008, the Pinwheels for Prevention™ campaign was launched to provide a symbol of childhood whimsy to highlight the cause of abuse prevention. The Pinwheels for Prevention™ campaign offers a variety of resources and ways for people to get involved in raising awareness about child abuse prevention. These resources include educational materials, social media campaigns, and events that take place throughout the month of April.
In Oregon, learn more about statewide resources at Prevent Child Abuse Oregon. A variety of valuable prevention resources for parents, caregivers, and community members are available. These resources include parenting classes, support groups, and information on how to report suspected abuse or neglect.
Every Child works towards empowering children and families affected by foster care in Oregon by mobilizing the community throughout the state. Everyone can do something to support vulnerable children and families. One easy way to support a child and family in your local community is by fulfilling a tangible need through Every Child’s My NeighbOR program. Since March 2020, My NeighbOR has been enlisting Oregonians to fulfill the crucial and distinctive needs of individuals affected by foster care by posting real-time requirements from verified families and youths who are linked to Oregon’s foster and human services system.