April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month!
Each year, we recognize this month as a time to show our support for keeping all children safe and helping every family thrive. The theme of this year’s awareness campaign is “Growing a Better Tomorrow for All Children, Together.” Everyone has a role to play to ensure that children have safe, stable and nurturing relationships and environments.
This is the third year that CAP Month has taken place during the COVID-19 pandemic. Parents and caregivers continue to experience stress and uncertainty in their daily lives. These added stressors increase the risk for child abuse and neglect to occur, making our efforts as critical as ever. As we work to build protective factors in families and communities, the risk of child abuse and neglect is reduced.
Our Partners in Prevention Teams across West Virginia have been doing just that! They have assisted with food delivery, provided diapers and other needed supplies for families, conducted virtual home visits with parents, and many other supportive efforts to help those in their local communities.