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Child Abuse Prevention Month

April has been declared by the President to be "Child Abuse Prevention Month". This offers all our parishes, schools, and religious education programs an excellent opportunity to offer parents and other parishioners information about how to keep children safe from any kind of abuse.

Promoting this event is a major initiative of the Office of Child and Youth Protection of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and many other dioceses are joining them in spreading the word.

There are many resources available to promote the message of child safety.  Consider using some of the following to raise awareness of child abuse, and to educate people on how to prevent and respond to it:

We also encourage parishes to place an announcement in their bulletin, to raise awareness of Child Abuse Prevention Month.  Here's a sample:

April has been declared to be "Child Abuse Prevention Month".  There are many ways we can prevent and respond to risks to the safety and well-being of our children.  Some child protection resources can be found on the Archdiocesan Safe Environment Office website:   http://www.archny.org/pastoral/safe-environment-program/child-abuse-prevention-month/.