Since 1983, April has been National Child Abuse Prevention Month. The observance serves to educate parents and the community about warning signs of child abuse and neglect, helping resources and to reinforce the safety and well-being of children is a shared community responsibility.
New online resources for service providers and families
- National Child Abuse Prevention Month initiative, hosted through funding by the Children's Bureau within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services each April, is available on the Child Welfare Information Gateway website.
- Presidential Proclamation for 2016 National Child Abuse Prevention Month begins, "All children deserve to grow up in a caring and loving environment, yet across America, hundreds of thousands of children are neglected or abused each year, often causing lasting consequences."
- Department of Defense Memorandum for 2016 National Child Abuse Prevention Month
- National Child Abuse Prevention Month DoDLive blog reminds the community that child abuse is everyone’s business and provides resources to prevent child abuse.
- Department of Health and Human Services, 2016 Prevention Resource Guide
- Just in Time Parenting provides professionals with a resource for research-based information that military families can use when they need it.
- Kids.gov is a safe place online for kids to create, play and learn.
- “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” is a section of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website that promotes early screening for developmental delays with training and continuing education for parents, providers, and professionals.
- Navy Resources for Child Abuse Prevention Month 2015 website provides downloadable and printable content to share with service members and their families.
- PARENTING for Service Members and Veterans provides no-cost, online parent training courses specifically developed for military and veteran parents to help improve parenting skills.
- Zero to Three Application is a new parenting app that helps increase Family Advocacy Program outreach to busy parents of young children.
Find out more about signs of abuse and healthy parenting with the following Military OneSource resources
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network resources