2021 - April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, a nationally designated month to acknowledge the importance of communities working together to prevent child abuse and neglect. During this month the Children’s Advocacy Project will be sharing ways you can get involved in raising awareness for child abuse prevention every day of the month, check out the calendar below for ideas on how to get involved or follow us on Facebook!
How to join us during Child Abuse Prevention Month:
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Plant Your Own Pinwheel Garden:
- The pinwheel represents healthy, happy childhoods, and is the official symbol of Child Abuse Prevention. We would like to invite the community to help us bring awareness to Child Abuse Prevention Month through the planting of a pinwheel garden in April! Plant a garden in front of your home or business with pinwheels you already own or purchase pinwheels through the Children’s Advocacy Project.
Pinwheels are $20 per bundle of 25 and the order deadline is March 29, 2021. Pinwheels purchased cover the cost of the pinwheel and is not at a profit of the Children’s Advocacy Project.
Help us Plant our Pinwheel Garden:
- The Children’s Advocacy Project will be planting our own pinwheel garden and we invite you to join us at our office (350 N. Ash, Casper, WY 82601) on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 4:00 p.m.
A pinwheel will be planted for each victim of abuse and maltreatment we served in 2020 – 314 children, 314 pinwheels. We hope these pinwheels serve as a visual reminder of the child abuse that continues to occur in our own community.
See a pinwheel? Help us plant a virtual garden on Facebook by tagging us and #WYPinwheelGarden.
Wear Blue Day:
- Join us Friday, April 9, 2021 for “Wear Blue Day!” Get out your blue jeans and favorite blue tee to show your support for strong families, safe kids, and the prevention of child abuse. Post the photo of your blue and tell us why you support safe, happy childhoods using the #WYIWearBlue
Other Ways to Support Child Abuse Prevention:
The prevention of child abuse and maltreatment is a problem that can only be solved by an entire community working together to educate themselves, their children, their friends and family, and even their neighborhoods. By ensuring parents have the knowledge, skills, and resources they need to care for their children, we can help prevent child abuse and neglect and create strong and thriving children, youth, and families in our communities.
Practical steps you can take at home to help with child abuse prevention:
- Learning the facts about child abuse can be the most powerful tool in preventing it.
- Learn to identify what child abuse looks like, the signs and symptoms of abuse, and how to report suspected abuse.
- Let your children know it is not okay for anyone to hurt them or make them feel uncomfortable, and that they should tell a trusted adult if that happens.
- Teach your children that adults should never ask them to keep secrets.
- Educate your children on the correct terms for their body parts – allowing your children to more clearly verbalize abuse if it occurs.
- Let your children decide for themselves how they want to express affection, and let them know they have the power to say “no” to an unwanted kiss, hug, or touch.
Steps you can take in your community to help with child abuse prevention:
- Share your knowledge and helpful resources with others.
- The Children's Advocacy Project has been specially trained to teach adults how to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child abuse and child sexual abuse. Learn more about scheduling a training course for your organization or group by calling 307-232-0159.
- Donate to organizations that support family well-being and healthy childhoods
- Learn how a gift to the Children's Advocacy Project can be an investment in the lives of the children we serve. All of the services provided at CAP are at no cost to our clients. We rely on private donations for a large part of our funds to provide our services. Make a donation.
Pinwheel Garden Coloring Pages!
Get the family together for some pinwheel coloring fun!
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