Reflecting on What Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month is All About
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time to recognize the importance of individuals and communities working together to keep kids safe and families healthy. Thankfully, child abuse is a problem that we know how to solve. Research has shown that the good can outweigh the bad. Protective factors are conditions or attributes in individuals, families, communities, or the larger society that, when present, mitigate or eliminate risk in families and communities and increase the health and well-being of children and families.
Proven ways for parents to help kids grow and maintain strong families are:
- Being strong in the face of stress. Resilience is managing stress and dealing with your life even when things get difficult.
- Nurturing caring friendships. Having a network of friends and family to help us feel secure, confident and empowered.
- Growing knowledge of parenting and child development. There’s no perfect family, but knowing what to expect makes the job easier.
- Asking for support when needed. Some problems are too big to solve alone. Knowing where to get help in the community can make life less stressful.
- Helping children manage feelings and relationships. Help children develop skills so they can manage their emotions and build healthy relationships.
In Colorado, there are ways everyone can get involved to help a child, even those individuals who aren’t raising a child or working with children every day.
Communities across Colorado are working together to raise awareness.
In April 2015, Governor Hickenlooper, in partnership with the Colorado Department of Human Services and more than one hundred community partners throughout the state, launched a multi-year Colorado Child Abuse and Neglect Public Awareness Campaign to engage all Coloradans in the prevention of child abuse and promote the new Colorado Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline 1-844-CO-4-KIDS (1-844-264-5437), year-round. This April will mark the two-year anniversary of the launch of this awareness effort and we think this April may be better than ever. We hope everyone will join us on April 4th to kick-off a month of activities throughout Colorado.
Be on the lookout for:
- Pinwheel gardens,
- People wearing blue on April 4th and 7th,
- Inspiring local events and surprises throughout the month to inspire others.
Child abuse prevention is all around you. When you see or experience something this month that reminds you that "we all play a role", share online using the hashtag #CO4kids.
And, please always remember, anyone concerned about the safety and well-being of a child should never hesitate to call the Colorado Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline at 1-844-CO-4-KIDS (1-844-264-5437). All callers are able to speak with a call-taker 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and all calls remain confidential.