April Is Child Abuse Prevention Month

Each year, more than 15,000 incidents of alleged child abuse and neglect are reported in the Missouri counties of the metropolitan St. Louis area. Child abuse and neglect have lifelong consequences on the mental and physical health of the child. Read more facts about child abuse and neglect.

Join the St. Louis Family & Community Partnership, the St. Louis Area Council on Child Abuse and Neglect and other partners in promoting strong families and safe children during the annual April Child Abuse Prevention Month. Here’s how you can get involved:

  • Post an “Every Child, Every Family. Secure and Safe.” yard sign at your agency, your church or your home. Signs are available from Vision for Children at Risk.Yard Sign 2819
  • Share Child Abuse Prevention Month materials, including bookmarks, pins and stickers, also available from Vision for Children at Risk.
  • Visit the Vision for Children at Risk Facebook page (visionforchildren) daily in April to see pictures of organizations participating in Child Abuse Prevention Month and read valuable information about child abuse prevention.
  • Join in the Healthy Kids Family Resource Fair on Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the O’Fallon Park Recreation
    Complex YMCA, 4343 West Florissant Ave. More than 30 agencies will have displays on their services. Entertainment for the children wilIMGP4501cropl include face painting, crafts, story time and team mascots from the St. Louis Blues and Gateway Grizzlies. Encourage families to attend, or set up a table for your agency. Download the Healthy Kids Family Resource Fair flyer.

To order yard signs, pins, stickers or bookmarks, or to request a table for your agency at the April 29 Healthy Kids Family Resource Fair, contact Ruth Ehresman, 314-534-6015, rehresman@visionforchildren.org. Download our 2017 Child Abuse Prevention Month fact sheet with current data on child abuse and neglect in the St. Louis area.

The St. Louis Family & Community Partnership is staffed and facilitated by Vision for Children at Risk.