April is Child Abuse Prevention Month
Child abuse and neglect can have lifelong effects on children. Kids First of Florida works with state and local organizations to prevent child abuse through education and resources that help families. Each April, we partner with Prevent Child Abuse Florida to share information with our community. You can follow us on Facebook and Instagram to learn about prevention efforts and the effects of abuse and neglect on children and their families.
Research has shown that parents and caregivers who have support – from family, friends, neighbors, and their communities – are more able and likely to provide safe, healthy homes for their children. When parents feel alone or isolated and lack support they may be more likely to make poor decisions that can lead to abuse or neglect.
How Can You Help?
Get to know your neighbors.
Help a family under stress – offer to babysit or help with chores, suggest resources in the community.
Reach out to children in your community – a smile or kind word can mean a lot.
Be an active community member – volunteer at your local school, community group, or faith-based organization.
Keep your neighborhood safe – Participate in Neighborhood Watch or National Night Out.
Learn how to recognize and report signs of child abuse and neglect.
CALL 1-800-96- ABUSE or go to dcf.state.fl.us/programs/abuse
You will find additional resources about Child Abuse Prevention at: