CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH, APRIL 2020
APRIL IS NATIONAL CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH: WILL YOU #GOBLUE4NYKIDS?
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, normally highlighted by gatherings of people all over NYS, planting pinwheel gardens and raising awareness about the ways that protective factors can build resilience and strengthen children, families, and whole communities. And even though people will not be able to gather in person during April, the need to shine a light on child abuse and the prevention of it is greater than ever. The stress brought on by the current COVID 19 crisis increases the likelihood that cases of abuse will also increase. Now more than ever, we need to focus on the ways people can support and nurture families and relieve the stress we all are feeling with small, simple gestures of kindness.
We're hoping you will join us--professionals, offices, families, individuals, friends and furry friends all across the state--and #goblue4nykids
What does that mean?
1. Take a picture or a selfie of you and your crew in blue and post it to your social media accounts with the hash tag #goblue4nykids and make sure to tag us (our handles are listed below).
2. You can also make blue pinwheels and post them in your window and tag us in those pics too. Let's add a wave of blue pinwheels to all of the rainbows and hearts, and double the positivity going around (and the chances for kids to hunt for more fun and colorful things!) Make your own, or color our template--then hang it in your window.
3. Post a sentence that you wish all children could hear right now. How would you support them? What do you think they need to hear? Then share that to any of our social media by tagging us in your post, using the handles above.
Not on social media? Email your pics, sentences, pinwheels, and words of wisdom to wbrandow@preventchildabuseny.
Let's flood social media with BLUE to support New York's kids and families! #goblue4nykids