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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!

Baby steps
  • 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

Small steps

  • Set up a playgroup in your community at homes or local park (consider inviting people who may not have children at home, like local seniors)
  • 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

Big steps

  • 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.
- from the National Child Abuse Prevention Month website


Volunteer Your Time to Change a Child's Life

Nobody 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.