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Resources for National Child Abuse Prevention Month

April Is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. This initiative is funded by the Children’s Bureau within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. National Child Abuse Prevention Month recognizes the importance of families and communities working together to strengthen families to prevent child abuse and neglect. Through this collaboration, prevention services and supports help protect children and produce thriving families.

Resources that support families, providers, and organizations in strengthening families are especially important during the ongoing stress of the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2021/2022 Prevention Resource Guide is designed to help service providers and organizations, in every community, to strengthen families and prevent child abuse and neglect. The Resource Guide focuses on protective factors that build on family strengths to foster healthy child and youth development. Protective Factors Conversation Guides are designed to help service providers engage caregivers in personalized conversations about the protective factors. Each set (one for each of the six protective factors) includes a guide for service providers and a worksheet for caregivers.

Every year, the Children's Bureau releases a detailed report of national data about child abuse and neglect and the State and local services that address it. Child Welfare Information Gateway offers a number of publications related to preventing child abuse, protecting children from the risk of abuse, and promoting healthy families. The publications provide evidence-based information for professionals and families.

Please take time during National Child Abuse Prevention Month to learn more about these resources for strengthening families.