Help Make Great Childhoods Happen During Child Abuse Prevention Month
Make a difference this April by supporting children and families in your community
At Prevent Child Abuse America, we believe that we all have a role to play in the healthy development of children. This April during Child Abuse Prevention month, we are encouraging you to find the role you can play in your community by taking one of three simple steps: mentor, advocate or donate.
1. MENTOR: A great way to get involved is to mentor a child or parent. According to research, the presence of a stable, caring adult in a child’s life is a key component to overcoming childhood trauma. By volunteering your time, such as by being a coach for an after-school sports or academic team, you can be the stable, caring adult to a child in need. Parents, too, need mentors. Two major risk factors for child abuse and neglect are parental stress and social isolation. By being there for a struggling single parent or family and doing something small like bringing over a home-cooked meal or volunteering to babysit for an evening, you can help reduce these risk factors and make a difference for children and families in your community.
2. ADVOCATE: Another way to take action this April is to advocate for policies that support families and help children thrive. Connect with your local Prevent Child Abuse America state chapter to find out what policies have the biggest impact in your state.
3. DONATE: If you don’t have the time to mentor or advocate, support child abuse prevention by donating to youth-serving organizations or charities that support families. Good examples include your local food bank, daycare center, or your Prevent Child Abuse America state chapter.
Together, we can all make a difference during Child Abuse Prevention month. Join us this April and help create the great childhoods all children deserve. To learn more about PCAA, click here.