Child Abuse Prevention Month

The Family Tree recognizes the importance of community-based support for all children and families during National Child Abuse Prevention (CAP) Month in April. The theme of this year’s awareness and impact campaign is “Growing a Better Tomorrow for All Children, Together.” 

 We can build healthier, safer, and thriving communities if we take the same approach to raising families that we do to tending a community garden on a shared piece of land too often, our society thinks of raising healthy children as a parent or caregiver’s responsibility alone. In reality, we all benefit when groups of people work together to collectively care for children, who grow up to become successful, contributing adults.

This is the second year that CAP Month has taken place during the COVID-19 pandemic. The coronavirus outbreak and its subsequent losses have changed the world permanently, and prevention professionals are still working to understand the pandemic’s repercussions for incidents of child abuse and neglect.

The risk to our nation’s children for experiencing child abuse and neglect in times of extreme stress and uncertainty is quite high. COVID-19 has added stressors to the lives of parents and caregivers, such as loss of employment, loss of income due to lack of paid leave, school and business closings that necessitate new childcare and homeschool arrangements, and food insecurity. The social connections and community services and activities that serve as protective factors against child abuse and neglect may not exist in this extraordinary time of physical distancing.

Spread Awareness and show support by wearing Blue with us on April 1, 2021!

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      We Can All Help Prevent Child Abuse!

      Child abuse does not discriminate, and we need to protect children. Here are some ways you can help in our current climate, during child abuse prevention month and always! 

      What To Do If You Suspect Child Abuse or Neglect

      It is important for you to know what to do if you think a child is being abused or neglected. It is important to speak up to protect children! If you have any questions, please call our Parenting HelpLine: 1.800.243.7337. This is not just a resource for parents and caregivers, any person with concerns about a child should call this number!

      Strengthen Protective Factors in Your Community

      We want to help promote healthy families and communities. One way to ensure all children grow up feeling safe and loved is to learn about and promote protective factors in your family and community. Protective factors are characteristics that can be present at both a family and community level. The presence of these factors helps reduce the risk of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) like child abuse and neglect. Everyone can play a role in prevention, learn more about our trainings today!

      Positive Parenting Techniques to Try This Month

      The Family Tree promotes positive parenting techniques all year long, but with it being Child Abuse Prevention month, we want to share new techniques for you to try this month! Learn more by signing up for one of our parenting classes.

      Growing Better Together

      Just like plants need good soil to grow, positive childhood experiences in nurturing environments provide fertile ground for physical and mental health, learning, & social skills to flourish. It is more important than ever to help positive childhood experiences take root in your community and across the country. Mobilize your community and take action—so all of us are #GrowingBetterTogether!

      We harvest what we sow

      We plant seeds of support for all children to yield healthier adults with abundant futures.

      Children are locally grown

      As the Maryland Chapter of Prevent Child Abuse Maryland, we work together to cultivate relationships, connections, and environments that help every child thrive.

      Our work is rooted in science

      We know positive childhood experiences in nurturing environments provide fertile ground for physical and mental health, learning, and social skills to flourish.

      We unearth the possibilities

      We focus on innovation every day to give every child what they need and to build bountiful, safe communities.

      Planning and purpose create common ground

      We know positive childhood experiences in nurturing environments provide fertile ground for physical and mental health, learning, and social skills to flourish.

      We tend and replenish the soil

      We offer homegrown solutions and hardy support to protect what we grow in all elements.

      Hope and commitment are powerful fertilizers

      We combine the promise of a better tomorrow with our resolve to nourish all children and their families in every season.

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