April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time to recognize that we all can play an important role in making meaningful connections with children and families in our communities. Since 1983, the Children's Bureau has been a beacon in the efforts to promote National Child Abuse Prevention Month. National, state and local organizations look to the Children's Bureau to lead the way in the promotion of child abuse prevention.
The Children's Bureau's Office on Child Abuse and Neglect (OCAN) will host its 19th National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect in New Orleans, LA, from April 30 to May 2, 2014. This biennial event provides the opportunity to check progress toward our shared goal of achieving the safety, permanency, and well-being of all children. This year also marks 40 years of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA), which centralized and expanded Federal efforts to prevent and respond to child abuse and neglect. This year's theme, "Making Meaningful Connections," symbolizes what we think is most needed to continue our progress to prevent child maltreatment and promote child well-being going forward.
To assist OCAN in its efforts to promote National Child Abuse Prevention Month, Child Welfare Information Gateway, a service of the Children's Bureau, offers a host of resources for professionals, advocates, service providers, and families. The 2014 Prevention Resource Guide: Making Meaningful Connections is developed annually in collaboration with the Children's Bureau, OCAN, FRIENDS National Resource Center for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention, Child Welfare Information Gateway, and the Center for the Study of Social Policy Strengthening Families. This Resource Guide offers many strategies to support service providers and communities in their efforts to prevent child abuse and promote well-being. To do so, the Resource Guide focuses on protective factors that build family strengths and promote optimal child and youth development. Agencies, policymakers, advocates, service providers, and parents alike will find resources in this book to help them promote these important elements within their communities and families.
In addition to the Resource Guide, the Prevention website provides:
This year, Information Gateway added a new timeline to the Prevention website that tracks child abuse prevention and CAPTA's historical journey.
Visit the National Child Abuse Prevention Month website to learn more!