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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.

    “CHAIR”ish the Children 2023

    The 2023 online auction is open! Please take a moment to view all of our amazing chairs. Place your bids early and check back frequently. You will not want to miss having one of these amazing chairs for your own!

    2023 IUN Forum: April 28

    In recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month in April, PCALC collaborates with a variety of community organizations to present the Annual Forum on Child Abuse and Neglect. This year's Forum will take place Friday, April 28, 9:00am–12:15pm CDT at Indiana...