Parenting is hard work! But it can also be fun and rewarding. There are many things you can do to help build a safe, stable, and nurturing relationship with your child.

We all have a stake in ensuring that parents have access to the resources and support they need to be successful. Communities play an important role in finding the strength they need to raise safe, healthy and productive children.Strong, nurturing communities that are supportive of families can get involved and play a role in preventing child abuse and neglect and promoting child and family well-being. Help raise public awareness about preventing child maltreatment and enhancing child well-being in your community. Spread the word, create interest, and encourage those in your network to get involved!

  • Get to know your neighbors (problems seems less stressful when support is available)
  • Help a family under stress (offer to help or suggest resources where help is available)
  • Keep your neighborhood safe (start a “Neighborhood Watch”, plan a “National Night Out” event, check your law enforcement sex offender registry)
  • Learn how to recognize and report signs of abuse and neglect
  • Donate to your local child advocacy center or social services organization

April is nationally recognized as National Child Abuse Prevention Month.  It is a time to acknowledge the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse and neglect, and to promote the social and emotional well-being of children and families.