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Getting ready for April — Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time to recognize society’s most critical responsibility – protecting children, giving them the chance at a safe and healthy future. It’s also a time to acknowledge publicly the role each of us plays in creating the safest community possible for children and families.

You can help in a number of ways. Donate to or volunteer with Family & Children’s Place. Your gifts will ensure that we can keep the promise to provide a safe haven, help, and hope to children who have been physically, emotionally and/or sexually abused, and to their families. Sponsor a pinwheel during our pinwheel promotion – for just $5, we plant a pinwheel for you in our pinwheel garden, symbolizing your commitment to keeping kids safe. To sponsor a pinwheel, visit http://bit.ly/2mpPJRC.

Join us at 11 a.m. March 29, as we Rally to End Child Abuse. The rally, on the lawn of the Big Four Bridge, includes First Lady Glenna Bevin, Cabinet for Health and Family Services Deputy Secretary Tim Feeley, Attorney General Andy Beshear, Kosair Charities, Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad and others.

Take an early lunch break and hear about what is happening in the community and how you can help prevent child abuse and neglect. Join us as we stand up for those who cannot stand up for themselves. Be a voice for those who cannot speak and the warrior for those who cannot fight.

On April 7, go blue fashion-wise as part of Wear Blue Day, to show your commitment to keeping children safe from violence and abuse. Blue shirt, pants, blouse, dress, skirt, sweater, scarf, blue suede shoes – it doesn’t matter so long as it’s blue!

And remember, while we use April as an opportunity to shine a light on a subject that some would prefer to be left in the dark, child abuse happens year-round, in every community, every city, every country. It knows no boundaries – political, geographic, socio-economic, racial, gender – so don’t let this be a one and done activity. We – the children – need your help, your voice, your support, every day.

Only then will we make progress against a goal we all can agree on – communities of children free from violence, fear, and abuse.

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