April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

Submitted by Keryn Bernard-Kriegl, New Hampshire CHildren's Trust 

As Child Abuse Prevention Month ends, we reflect on our shared responsibility to provide children with safe, stable, and nurturing environments.

"We all have a role in strengthening our families and communities to give children the great childhoods they deserve," said Keryn Bernard-Kriegl, Executive Director of NH Children's Trust. "The good news is it's not as hard as it sounds."

March 28 served as a kick-off for Child Abuse Prevention Month as almost 300 participants gathered at Grappone Conference Center in Concord for NH Children's Trust's widely-anticipated event, "Resilient Communities: The Prevention Connection," a summit aimed at inspiring action that strengthens policies, culture and behaviors that prevent child abuse and neglect and promote health and well-being. In April, many supporters raised awareness for prevention efforts. NH Children's Trust distributed 950 pinwheels, a symbol for great childhoods. Organizations across the state set up pinwheel gardens in their communities, and on April 7th, hundreds of people raised awareness by wearing blue and standing in solidarity for great childhoods.

The effects of child abuse and neglect impact individuals, families, and communities for decades. We can all have a hand in preventing child abuse by making sure parents and communities are equipped with the supports and skills needed to raise thriving children. From sharing educational social media posts, to offering help to a stressed parent, to advocating for family-friendly policies, there are many opportunities to be a part of the solution.

NH Children's Trust thanks all of our supporters and partners for doing their part this Child Abuse Prevention Month - because great childhoods begin with all of us.

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