Help Great Childhoods Happen with Prevent Child Abuse America
At Prevent Child Abuse America, we believe that every child deserves to grow up feeling safe and loved. Every year during April we recognize Child Abuse Prevention month and highlight the ways that each of us can help prevent child abuse and ensure great childhoods happen in our communities. But we can’t do it alone. We all have a role to play in the healthy development of our nation’s children.
Child abuse and neglect affects millions of children every year and costs taxpayers billions of dollars. Research shows that investing in healthy child development reduces the likelihood of costly conditions including chronic health problems, lost productivity, mental illness and substance abuse, among others.
As legislators, you have a powerful voice. You can play a role in child abuse prevention by supporting programs and policies that protect and help children and families. For example, legislators can voice support for funding streams that go towards proven programs, such as Healthy Families America – an evidenced-based, voluntary home visiting program shown to reduce child maltreatment, improve child health and school readiness, and strengthen family self-sufficiency.
We must do more to protect our children and prevent child abuse and neglect from happening in the first place. Doing so will help strengthen America families, improve our communities, and build the next generation. With your help, we can make a difference.
To learn more about Prevent Child Abuse America and the policies and programs we support, visit preventchildabuse.org.