RALEIGH — Recognizing the importance of caring relationships, supportive environments, and positive experiences for all children and families, Governor Roy Cooper has declared April Child Abuse Prevention Month in North Carolina.
“Our children are precious and deserve to be fed and protected. It is important that we build a strong foundation for them to learn, play and grow,” Governor Cooper said in a video message. “We are doing more to extend services to the whole family. When we work together to support our children and families in every corner of our state, we can build a strong future for all.
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina recognize that everyone has a stake in prioritizing equal opportunity for every child in every community in the state in order to build a a more prosperous future for all during Child Abuse Prevention Month in April.
“April is a time for North Carolinians to step up and help build caring connections, supportive environments, and positive experiences for all children and families,” said NCDHHS Sec. Kody Kinsley. “Child and family well-being is a top priority for DHHS, to ensure that every child in North Carolina grows up safe, healthy and thriving in a nurturing and resilient community. “
April 2022 marks the third year CAP month has occurred during the COVID-19 pandemic. As measures improve, many North Carolina families continue to experience great stress that can lead to a significantly increased risk of child abuse. COVID-19 has added stressors that can overburden parents and caregivers, such as job loss, loss of income due to lack of paid time off, changing childcare and schooling arrangements, and food insecurity.
As children and families face unprecedented stress during the pandemic, child abuse is preventable. There are proven programs, strategies and policies to strengthen families so they can meet their basic needs and better care for their children.
“Research shows that positive childhood experiences and caring relationships promote thriving families and communities,” said Sharon Hirsch, President and CEO of PCANC. “While every season is a new opportunity to build strong foundations for children, this Child Abuse Prevention Month is an opportunity to redefine how our policies, systems and communities inspire children to become members healthy and thriving in their communities and reach their full potential. Please join us in prioritizing safe, stable and nurturing relationships and environments for children, enabling families and entire communities to succeed – today today and for generations to come.
For more information about Child Abuse Prevention Month, including a toolkit with resources tailored for school counsellors, faith communities, and early care and education providers, please visit preventchildabusenc.org.
About Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina
Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina works to ensure that child abuse prevention is a priority for North Carolina and that all communities have the knowledge, support, and resources to prevent child abuse and neglect. Through collaboration with partners across North Carolina, PCANC works with communities to build safe, stable, and nurturing relationships for all children. PCANC is the North Carolina chapter of Prevent Child Abuse America. PCANC is a proud recipient of the prestigious 4-Star rating from Charity Navigator and the Platinum Seal of Transparency from GuideStar. For more information, contact Kristie Demers, Director of Communications and Marketing, at (919) 829-8009, ext. 619 or [email protected].