National Day of Hope


Childhelp has never wavered in its commitment to put a national spotlight on the issue of child abuse and its detrimental impact on our society. In 1999, through the efforts of Childhelp founders Sara O’Meara and Yvonne Fedderson, Childhelp initiated the National Day of Hope which is observed on the first Wednesday of every April as part of National Child Abuse Prevention Month. The goal of this day is to mobilize everyone across America to join the fight to stop child abuse and neglect.

The fact that child abuse is against the law in every state is simply not enough to stop this growing epidemic. Everyone must play a role if we are to change these tragic national statistics:

  • Each day in the United States, five children die of abuse or neglect in the home.
  • Approximately 3.3 million reports of abuse are made each year.
  • The actual incidence of abuse and neglect is estimated to be three times greater than the number reported to authorities.

A five-wick candle was chosen as the symbol of the National Day of Hope to represent the five children who die each day of abuse and neglect and to stand for the light of hope that we pray will come into the lives of the millions who are suffering. Please join us and reserve five minutes of silence or prayer on the National Day of Hope.

Click here to learn more about what you can do to protect children today, this month and every day of the year. Today is a day for us all to take a stand together against child abuse and neglect.

What are you waiting for?

"It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness" ~ Eleanor Roosevelt  

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