Building Hopeful Futures: Six Actionable Ways to Recognize Child Abuse Prevention Month 2024 

Date: April 3, 2024
By: Ashley Cooper, Prevent Child Abuse NC Communications Associate

Child Abuse Prevention Month 2024April is a month of renewal, not just in nature but also in our collective commitment to supporting the well-being of our children. Building healthy communities takes work and we’re all responsible for ensuring all children have positive experiences by helping families access the resources and support they need in their communities, when they need it. 

Each day presents an opportunity to lay the groundwork for a brighter tomorrow. Positive Childhood Alliance North Carolina (PCANC), formerly Prevent Child Abuse NC, works alongside our partners, families and communities across NC to challenge the status quo for how we support children and families – leading to more positive childhoods.  

In partnership with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), PCANC is excited to lead the statewide Child Abuse Prevention Month (CAP Month) 2024 Campaign which aims to build a narrative of hope for children and families through collaboration and the creation of a family support ecosystem.  

We have an extraordinary opportunity to partner with families and communities and build an ecosystem from the ground up that is focused on building child and family well-being. An aligned and comprehensive family support ecosystem includes families, communities, elected officials, policymakers, and cross-sector organizations and institutions at regional, state, and national levels. Together, we can disrupt long-held beliefs about prevention systems. 

Throughout April and beyond, let us unite in our dedication to fostering hope and creating a future where every child can thrive. PCANC invites you to join us in our mission to prevent child abuse and promote positive childhood experiences for all. Together, we can build a brighter future for all children. 

Six ways you can get involved and bring awareness to Child Abuse Prevention Month.  

  1. Raise Awareness with our Child Abuse Prevention Month Toolkit
    Inform your community about CAP Month with graphics and pre-written content from our CAPM Toolkit. All these tools can be found in the Child Abuse Prevention Month Online Toolkit 
  2. Participate in Wear Blue Day on Friday, April 2
    Join us on Friday, April 5 as our nation, state and local communities wear blue to make a bold statement of their commitment to nurturing more positive childhoods for every child. Wear blue, snap a photo, and share on social media with #WearBlueDay2024 + #NC
  3. Plant Pinwheels or Attend a Community Event
    Pinwheels are the national symbol of child maltreatment prevention across the United States and are reflective of the bright future all children deserve. During April, we invite you to plant pinwheels in your community or attend a CAP Month event in your community! Check out our map with partner CAP Month events happening across North Carolina and see how to order pinwheels. To have your event added to our list or to request a speaker from PCANC, please reach out to Community Relations Manager LouMecia Staton at lstaton@positivechildhoodalliancenc.org.
  4. Participate in National Digital Advocacy Day
    Participate in Prevent Child Abuse America’s nationwide Digital Advocacy Day on Tuesday, April 16th. Contact your member of Congress to advocate for increased investments in Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention programming, family-strengthening policies and economic supports that give families access to the resources they need. Learn more about Positive Childhood Alliance NC’s policy priorities.
  5. Become a Positive Childhood Ally on PCANC’s Giving Day: Tuesday, April 23
    As we proudly mark our 45th Anniversary, we have an exclusive opportunity to deepen your support and commitment: Join our recurring donor program, The Giving Circle, at just $45 per month. You will help us continue to build and share solutions that work for all families through our alliance of child advocates. Together, we can create connected, supportive North Carolina communities where children and their families live purposeful lives, filled with positive experiences!
  6. Share the Message with Your Followers and Networks
    Let your followers know that you support building a hopeful future for children by updating your social media cover photos, website banners, and Zoom or Teams backgrounds to the CAP Month graphics. These can also be found in the CAP Month toolkit.  
     

For more information about Child Abuse Prevention Month, see our Child Abuse Prevention Month webpage.