In 1983, President Reagan proclaimed April to be the first National Child Abuse Prevention Month, a tradition that continues to this day. Since then, National Child Abuse Prevention Month has been the catalyst that encourages communities to share child abuse and neglect prevention awareness strategies as well as activities to promote the social and emotional well-being of children and families.
As the month of April begins, The Florida Network offers its support to National Child Abuse Prevention Month. This month is a time to recognize the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse and neglect. Together we can protect today’s youth and create safe, stable environments that allow youth to reach their full potential.
The theme for this year’s National Child Abuse Prevention Month is “Making Meaningful Connections.” When we make meaningful connections with the children, youth and families in our communities, we help parents build the knowledge, skills and access to resources necessary to raise happy and healthy children. Everyone can play a role in preventing child abuse and neglect and promoting child and family well-being.
How you can help
- Volunteer your time in a child crisis shelter or parenting support program. Search for a Florida shelter near you.
- Arrange for a speaker on child abuse and neglect to come to your PTA, church, club or workplace.
- Call 1-800-252-5400 or your local law enforcement agency if you think a child is being neglected, sexually abused, physically abused or emotionally abused.
- Learn the protective factors to help eliminate abuse.
- Spread the word.
The Florida Network has 31 member agencies that work to redirect youth and establish healthier and positive relationships with their families. Florida Network offers counseling and support services to youth experiencing any kind of abuse. If a child you know is a victim of neglect or abuse, please visit our website at www.floridanetwork.org or call us at (850) 922-4324.