California Family Resource Association

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

Every April, please join us in raising awareness of child abuse and the critical role that family strengthening organizations play in preventing it.

CFRA will highlight the activities of our members all month, so share photos of you and your colleagues wearing blue and let us know how you are commemorating Child Abuse Prevention Month. Follow CFRA on Facebook and Twitter to post and share photos, information, inspiration, and fun activities throughout the month of April using #wearBlue4kids!

Spread the word by sharing this website with your friends, colleagues, and community partners to remind them that April 7, 2017 is #wearBlue4kids day. We want to see pictures of everyone strutting their stuff in blue, so invite your whole community to take part - police, firefighters, doctors, teachers, families, elected officials, and especially you and your staff.

Images and sample text for social media (.doc)
Printable #wearBlue4kids postcard (4mb .pdf) or a WearBlue4kids graphic to use online.
PCAA Social Media Copy (.pdf)

Want to do more?

  • Urge your County Board of Supervisors, City Council, or School Board to adopt a resolution recognizing April as Child Abuse Prevention Month. Resolution template (.doc)
  • Submit a letter to the editor or press release to your local news media to help raise awareness of child abuse and the importance of prevention programs.
  • Contact CFRA to share photos and let us know what you’re doing to recognize April as Child Abuse Prevention Month.
  • If you work with children, obtain Mandated Child Abuse Reporting training to learn about the risk factors and warning signs of child abuse. Check with the Child Abuse Prevention Council in your county or visit the Child Abuse Prevention Center's training page for a variety of training opportunities.
  • Report child abuse and neglect when you become aware of it or suspect it. (Reporting child abuse or neglect only requires "reasonable suspicion" and does not automatically mean the child will be removed from the home.)
  • Volunteer your time at community agencies that promote positive supportive services for families (community resource centers, libraries, non-profit agencies that work with families and children).
  • Conduct outreach activities in the community to raise awareness about support agencies for families.
  • Have a pinwheel garden to draw attention to CAP Month. The CAP Center is selling pinwheels at a discounted price to partners. Email Kelly Barton, Make Your Own Pinwheel (.pdf), or print a Pinwheel Coloring Sheet (.pdf)
  • Ensure families are equipped with the resources, support, and tools necessary to be successful parents and caregivers.