At Upbring each year, we look forward to April. You might be asking yourself, “why?” It’s simple – every April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. It’s an opportunity to spread awareness and emphasize the importance of partnering with friends like you around the community to break the cycle of child abuse by empowering children, families and communities.
Amidst an unprecedented time in our world, it is crucial to take the necessary steps to ensure that all children are safe, loved and cherished. Here are four ways you can get involved, with resources included, so you can show your support year-round.
1. Spread Awareness
Change happens when we advocate for those who need it most. As the coronavirus pandemic continues to make its impact globally, children are at an increased risk of abuse and neglect, according to state Child Advocate Sarah Eagan. By bringing attention to these situations of abuse and neglect and informing others of its impact. Together, we can advocate for change. Help raise public awareness in your community, during this time, by posting a tip sheet on a public bulletin board or by sharing a message on your personal social media account.
2. Speak Up
As schools across the nation close due to the coronavirus, now more than ever, it is crucial to learn the signs of abuse and neglect. Knowing the signs makes it possible for you to share the information with others and recognize situations of abuse in your community. If you suspect that a child is being abused, use the information you’ve learned to help make an informed decision about when to contact local authorities. By speaking up, you can make a difference in the lives of children who would otherwise have no one on their side.
The number of children and families that need our help is rising every day. Our dedicated staff always makes the health and safety of our children the number one priority and your generous gift today will ensure we can meet the unprecedented demand for these critical supplies. Your dollars will go right to work to help alleviate the dire financial hardship our families are immediately facing. We will work alongside those we serve to help meet their most basic needs. Choose which program you want your gift to support by using our online donation form or by selecting an item through the Upbring Marketplace. Both options are 100% tax-deductible.
4. Make the Most of Your Time Together
Spending extra time with your children strengthens your family and promotes child and family well-being, which is one of the most important ways to counter the cycle of abuse. For example, turn Friday nights into a family movie night; Order pizza, rent a movie and build a blanket fort that you can all crawl in to watch together. Encourage other families to do the same by sharing your ideas with friends!
With the help of the resources mentioned above and the Child Welfare Information Gateway’s 2019/2020 Prevention Resource Guide, you can learn more about the best prevention practices. The more we talk about the reality of abuse and neglect and study the resources available to us, the more we will learn. Being informed will help us better recognize the signs so we can change the lives of those suffering around us. At Upbring, we strive to make sure that every child knows they are loved and important. By choosing to get involved and make a meaningful difference in the lives of others, you are joining us on our mission to break the cycle of child abuse.