National Child Abuse Prevention Month, also known as Child Abuse Prevention Month in America, is an annual observance in the United States dedicated to raising awareness and preventing child abuse. April has been designated Child Abuse Prevention Month in the United States since 1983.
National Child Abuse Prevention Month recognizes the importance of families and communities working together to strengthen families to prevent child abuse and neglect. Through this collaboration, prevention services and supports help protect children and produce thriving families.
Each April, PCALC conducts activities designed to raise awareness at the professional and community level:
- Co-sponsoring an April Child Abuse Prevention Forum hosted at Indiana University Northwest, which provides an opportunity for individual education through a variety of speakers and topic breakout sessions
- Sponsoring a “CHAIRish the Children” Art Project chair decorating contest for Lake County middle and high school students. The chairs are auctioned off to support child abuse prevention.