April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

History of Child Abuse Prevention Month

 (Taken from childwelfare.gov) 

Increasing public awareness of the need to ensure the safety and welfare of children led to the passage of the first Federal child protection legislation, the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA), in 1974. While CAPTA has been amended many times over the years, most recently by the Keeping Children and Families Safe Act of 2003, the purpose of the original legislation remains intact. Today, the Children's Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the Federal agency charged with supporting States, Tribes, and communities in providing programs and services to protect children and strengthen families.

In the early 1980s, Congress made a further commitment to identifying and implementing solutions to child abuse. Recognizing the alarming rate at which children continued to be abused and neglected and the need for innovative programs to prevent child abuse and assist parents and families affected by maltreatment, the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives resolved that the week of June 6-12, 1982, should be designated as the first National Child Abuse Prevention Week. They asked the President to issue a proclamation calling upon Government agencies and the public to observe the week with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities.

The following year, April was proclaimed the first National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Since then, child abuse and neglect awareness activities have been promoted across the country during April of each year. The Office on Child Abuse and Neglect (OCAN) within the Children's Bureau coordinates Child Abuse Prevention Month, providing information and releasing updated national statistics about child abuse and neglect each April.

Events in April


April Events

As part of the National Child Abuse Prevention Month, many awareness events take place all across the country.  Childhelp has many events lined up as well, including a rally in Arizona and a luncheon and concert in Washington, DC.

This Tuesday, April 6th, the Childhelp Founders and the Arizona Governor will hold a press conference at the Arizona State Capitol building to officially launch a state wide child abuse prevention and awareness campaign.  This campaign is the result of a series of child abuse fatalities which occurred last summer in Chandler, Arizona and spurred the police department there to reach out to Childhelp.  Stephanie Garcia at the Childhelp Children’s Center has been instrumental in brining together many agencies across the metro area and state to form this coalition.

Also in Arizona, Childhelp will be partnering with Donovan's Steak House for the month of April. Donovan's is providing complimentary appetizers at their restaurant on April 7th from 4-6pm. We would like to invite all of our Arizona people to attend.  Also, for the rest of the month of April, any sale of Donovan's Cheesecake or Crème Brulee will result in a $2 donation to Childhelp. Last year, Donovan's sold over 1,500 of both of these last April. They will also be matching up to $500 for this fundraiser!  They are located at 3101 East Camelback Road, hoenix, Arizona 85016

On Tuesday, April 13th, Childhelp will be hosting a 50th Anniversary Celebration concert at the Warner Theatre and featuring multiple Grammy award winning singer/songwriter David Foster and other special guests.  This event is open to all and tickets can be purchased by contacting Nicole Masse at Childhelp Headquarters.  This event will be recorded by BET with the plan to broadcast it on their cable TV station in the month of May.

On Wednesday, April 14th, Childhelp will hold its annual National Day of Hope Luncheon at the U.S. Capitol. This luncheon provides the opportunity for members of Congress to meet with Childhelp founders and Nobel Peace Prize nominees Sara O’Meara and Yvonne Fedderson, as well as other prominent activists to discuss and develop legislation on how to better help victims of child abuse and neglect with a focus on prevention, intervention and treatment.

There are many more events taking place with our chapters and locations, check the events page on our website and if you don’t see one listed that should be make sure to email it to dhofrichter@childhelp.org so that it can be added.


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