Every April, Catholic parishes and schools across the United States participate in National Child Abuse Prevention Month. While dioceses work year-round to prevent abuse, during this month a special emphasis is placed on the importance of learning how to protect the vulnerable from this evil. Together, for the next nine days, let’s pray that the vulnerable are protected from abuse, and that survivors of abuse may be accompanied on their paths to healing.
Child Abuse Prevention Blessing
We ask You to bless these Your holy people who have participated in the Church’s efforts to help stop child sexual abuse. Open their hearts to Your call to be the “ears, eyes and voice of children and young people” everywhere. Give them the vision and grace needed to fulfill the special commitments that each of them has made to making their homes, churches, schools, communities and world a safer place for all God’s Children.
USCCB Child Abuse Prevention Resources
The button to the left will take you to the USCCB’s Child Abuse Prevention Month Resources page. The USCCB has links for a whole host of things to use during April and beyond.
PCA Georgia provides statewide direction to build safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments to prevent child abuse and neglect and has over 20 local councils located throughout the state who advocate and implement prevention practices in their communities. While April is Child Abuse Prevention Month (CAP Month), child abuse happens every day and so must prevention efforts. PCA Georgia provides sample communications pieces and community event ideas to be used during CAP Month and year round to help promote awareness, educate the public, and target specific audiences. Whether you use these tools in their entirety, in part or simply for inspiration, this material is a stepping-stone for your CAP month activities.
Children’s Advocacy Centers of Georgia
CACGA believes access to strong, local children’s advocacy centers will provide child victims and their non-offending family members with the unique services they need to begin their journey toward hope, justice and healing.