National Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, which is an opportunity to recognize the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse and neglect and promote the social and emotional well-being of children and families.

During the month of April and throughout the year, communities are encouraged to increase awareness and provide education and support to families through resources and strategies to prevent child abuse and neglect.

A family is supposed to raise that child within a culture, with beliefs and traditions and values.  Children are supposed to be guided and corrected in love, but when a family is unable to meet those obligations, then the child becomes part of a system.  Every two minutes, a child enters the foster care system in this country.  No matter how much we try, we have a volume and complexity of cases that overwhelm the system, and it is not realistic to think that each of those children will receive the attention that they need.

Listen to Live United Radio as we’re joined by United Way Community Partner, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for Children, a network of community-based programs advocating for the best interests of abused and neglected children in courtrooms and communities.