April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Each year, nearly 424,000 children in the United States experience abuse or neglect, ushering them into the dependency court and foster care systems. A child in foster care, on average, will move into multiple homes and attend multiple schools. All this chaos and inconsistency has long-term effects. With schools closing across the country due to the COVID-19 pandemic stay-at-home orders, mandated reporters are not able to view children in person. As a result, some children may have been increasingly exposed to child abuse and neglect, parental intimate partner violence at home, and sexual violence. Join us in raising awareness about child abuse and how to prevent it. Here are some ways you can get involved:
Plant a Virtual Pinwheel
Make a donation to Voices for Children Montgomery during the month of April and your name will be listed under one of our pinwheels.
Download the Calendar
Check out this calendar for an activity for each day in April to participate in Child Abuse Prevention Month.
Become a CASA Volunteer
Here at Voices for Children Montgomery, we are committed on providing youth in foster care with a safe space in which they feel seen, heard, supported, and advocated for. Together, let’s help to provide a Voice for Every Child.
Report Suspected Abuse
Keeping children safe by supporting families and reporting suspected abuse or neglect is everyone’s responsibility. Will you join us in keeping a watchful eye on our children?
Donate to Local Domestic Violence Shelter
Find a local shelter and see what donations you can make. Many shelters accept household items and old clothes. Just in time for spring cleaning!