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Child Abuse Prevention Month April 2014

Child Abuse Prevention

The Department of Defense will join the nation in the annual observance of Child Abuse Prevention Month during April 2014.

National Child Abuse Prevention Month is a time to acknowledge the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse and neglect, and to promote the social and emotional well-being of children and families. During the month of April and throughout the year, communities are encouraged to share child abuse and neglect prevention awareness strategies and activities and promote prevention across the country. In recognition of the 40th anniversary of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act, we have designed a historical timeline of significant moments in child abuse prevention in the United States.

The Children's Bureau, within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, funds the National Child Abuse Prevention Month initiative each April on the Child Welfare Information Gateway website. The website has some great resources for schools and communities including their 2014 Prevention Resource Guide: Making Meaningful Connections.

Included on the site is a media toolkit with key messages and other tools that may be of help to schools.

Ms. Jessica Wright has issued a memo about DoD's observance.