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Featured Charity: Prevent Child Abuse America
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and there's a way each of us can help Prevent Child Abuse America promote the social and emotional well-being of children and families in our communities.
On a mission to prevent the abuse and neglect of our nation’s children, Prevent Child Abuse America engages and informs communities, and educates government officials about public policies that promote healthy child development and the prevention of abuse and neglect. We believe that healthy child development is essential for building community and economic growth, and we seek to energize communities to use every day as an opportunity to contribute to the kind of nation we would like to be: a nation free of child abuse and neglect.
Healthy Families America (HFA), our evidence-based home visitations program, helps us achieve these goals. HFA has expanded to nearly 600 sites throughout the US, and in all 5 US Territories, reaching 75,000 at-risk families.
Why Prevention Matters
Great progress in work to improve the health and well-being of children has been made across the nation, but budget cuts that have accompanied the turbulent economy threaten to derail efforts to prevent child abuse and neglect at a moment when it is needed most. If the work, which has done so much for children, is to continue and grow, it is important to show that it yields benefits on many levels—for children, their families, and their communities. Consistent decisions to support the needs of children are at the heart of a bright future.
Through information offered in the “Why Prevention Matters” series, you can learn about the impact child abuse has on our communities, gain knowledge about necessary policies and changes needed to prevent abuse, and help those working so hard to improve the lives of our youngest citizens.
How you can help
- Educate family and friends
- Engage members of the community through a dialogue about prevention
- Volunteer at local events, at a local chapter or the national office
- Donating to the cause
- Participate in our special events and attend our conferences
How your donation makes a difference
Of every dollar received, 89% goes directly to fund current programs and/or the development and implementation of new prevention programs, such as:
- Healthy Families America
- Pinwheels for Prevention, and
- New this year - a bullying prevention technical assistance center and a child sexual abuse prevention technical assistance center