April Marks Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time to raise awareness about child abuse and neglect and create strong communities to support children and families.

In celebration of the month, CASA for Children of Atlantic and Cape May Counties is hosting a three-week CASA volunteer training course beginning April 26 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. The 30-hour, 2-day a week course gives individuals the necessary skills to advocate in court on behalf of abused and neglected foster children.

This month is a time to reflect and raise awareness surrounding our nations most vulnerable citizens – children. Nationally, 6,000 children enter the foster care system every week due to allegations of abuse, neglect or abandonment. Over 700 children in Atlantic and Cape May Counties live in foster annually due to abusive or neglectful parents.

“April is a time to celebrate the important role that communities play in protecting children,” said Angela Waters, CASA Executive Director, “Everyone’s participation is critical. Focusing on helping our must vulnerable children is the best action our community can take to strengthen families and prevent child abuse, neglect and abandonment.”

In support of National Child Abuse Prevention Month, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children’s Bureau, Office on Child Abuse and Neglect, Child Welfare Information Gateway and the FRIENDS National Resource Center for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention have created Strengthening Families and Communities: 2011 Resource Guide. The guide, designed for service providers who work throughout the community to strengthen families, is available online.

Throughout this month, CASA for Children will be posting on Facebook, Twitter and on our blog about things you can do to raise awareness and help prevent Child abuse, neglect and abandonment.

For more information about child abuse prevention programs and activities during the month of April and throughout the year, contact CASA for Children at (609) 601-7800 or visit www.AtlanticCapeCASA.org.

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