April was first declared Child Abuse Prevention Month in 1983. Since then, April has been a time to acknowledge
the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse.
Child abuse awareness is mental health awareness. Child abuse prevention is mental health prevention.
— Melissa Stennett Deuter, MD (melissadeuter.com)
We all know that a few kind words can change your entire outlook on a situation, but it can be a challenge to think of positive things to say in the moment. So, we’ve compiled a list of expressions to use in various situations to help parents be their children’s biggest champions. Accept the Words Matter Challenge and start a lifelong habit.
- Words Matter – Words of Encouragement for Children | Family Services (fairfaxcounty.gov)
(Fast Facts: Preventing Child Abuse & Neglect / Violence Prevention / Injury Center | CDC)
Infographic Courtesy of Child Trends
Just in Time Training is a web based service program designed to connect foster parents, kinship or other caregivers with training, peer experts and other resources. Questions are answered and practical solutions to care for children are discussed - all from the comfort of your home or office.
Call DHS 24/7: (215) 683-4347
State Hotline Number: (800) 932-0313