April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month
Show you love kids! Wear blue! Go Blue Day is Friday,
April 4, and we encourage you to show your love for Alaska’s kids by
wearing blue or by decorating your home, workplace or even your car with
the color blue. It’s a fun and simple way to get involved and raise
awareness of National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Learn more.
The theme for this year's National Child Abuse Prevention Month is "Making
Meaningful Connections." When we make meaningful connections with the
children, youth, and families in our communities, we can help parents
build the knowledge and skills and access the resources necessary to
raise happy and healthy children. Everyone can play a role in preventing
child abuse and neglect and promoting child and family well-being. Get involved to strengthen your
community and the families in your community!
- Meet and greet your neighbors
- Go to a parents meeting at your child's school
- Participate in an activity at your local library or community center
- Set up a playgroup in your community at homes or local park
(consider inviting people who may not have children at home, like local
- Organize a community babysitting co-op
- Volunteer at your child's school through the school's administration or the parent's organization
- Encourage local service providers to produce a directory of available services that are easy to find in the community
- from the National Child Abuse Prevention Month website
- Organize a community event (a block party, father/daughter dance, parent support group)
- Run for an office in the parent organization at your child's school
- Attend local government meetings (city council or school board
meetings) and let them know how important resources are in your
community. Let them know how parks, strong schools, and accessible
services help to strengthen your family and other families.
Volunteer Your Time to Change a Child's Life
longs for a safe and loving family more than a child in foster care. As
a CASA volunteer, you are empowered to help make this
dream a reality. You will be the one consistent adult in these
children’s lives, vigilantly fighting for and protecting their
fundamental right to be treated with the dignity and respect every child
deserves. You will not only bring positive change to the lives of these
vulnerable children, but also their children and generations to come.
And in doing so, you will enrich your life as well.
Programs around the state are looking for responsible adults who want to make a difference in the life of a foster youth. Click here for more information, or use the Find a Local Program tab at the top of the page.