The theme for this year's National Child Abuse Prevention Month is "Building Community, Building Hope." Communities have a great influence in families' lives. Just as plants are more likely to thrive in a garden with good soil and plenty of sunlight and water, families are more likely to thrive in nurturing communities. Everyone can get involved and play a role in preventing child abuse and neglect and promoting child and family well-being. Strong, nurturing communities that are supportive of families can build and strengthen families. This section provides information on getting involved to strengthen your community and the families in your community.
Get involved to strengthen your community!
- Meet and greet your neighbors.
- Go to a parents meeting at your child's school.
- Participate in an activity at your local library or community center.
- Set up a playgroup in your community at people's homes or local park (consider inviting people who may not have children at home, like local seniors).
- Organize a community babysitting co-op.
- Volunteer at your child's school through the school's administration or the parent's organization.
- Encourage local service providers to produce a directory of available services that are easy to find in the community.
- Organize a community event (a block party, father/daughter dance, parent support group)
- Run for an office in the parent organization at your child's school.
- Attend local government meetings (city council or school board meetings) and let them know how important resources are in your community. Let them know how parks, strong schools, and accessible services help to strengthen your family and other families.