April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time for communities to come together to protect children, strengthen families and build communities. 

Partners in Prevention

This April and throughout the year, the Greater Bay Area Child Abuse Prevention Council Coalition members have joined to increase awareness about child and family well-being, and support families and prevent child abuse and neglect.

Child abuse and neglect is a persistent and pervasive problem throughout the Bay Area. Last year alone, the Bay Area had 62,560 reported survivors of abuse, with 6,079 reports verified by the system. That’s one child with abuse reported every 8 minutes.

Although it is a hidden social ill, child maltreatment’s  impact is significant. It impacts not just the child, but the family, the community, and society at large. Child maltreatment not only morally degrades our society, it significantly hurts our economy. In fact, the physical, mental, and emotional effects persist long after child maltreatment occurs, and result in ongoing costs to every sector of the Bay Area.

The good news is that child maltreatment is preventable. We all have a role to play in building safe, stable, nurturing homes and creating conditions in communities where all children and families are able to thrive. 

To raise awareness this year, Bay Area activities will take place online. Help us protect children and families by educating yourself and sharing what you learn with others. Wear a blue ribbon to show your commitment! 

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Paint the Town Blue

Napa Cope Family Center

Local businesses are taking a stand to prevent child abuse in our community. Support them by dining, shopping and sipping at Blue Ribbon Businesses in April.

Real Color Media

San Francisco Safe & Sound

SafeStart will hold a parent training on Media Literacy to help parents discover how they can find books that foster diversity, inclusion, and equity.