Building A Hopeful Future Together During Child Abuse Prevention Month

RALEIGH, N.C. (APRIL 1, 2024) – In recognition of the collective responsibility to safeguard the well-being of North Carolina’s children, Governor Roy Cooper has designated April as Child Abuse Prevention Month. This year’s campaign, themed “Building A Hopeful Future Together,” underscores the importance of collaborative efforts among diverse stakeholders to prevent child maltreatment and foster optimism for children and families statewide.

Under the banner of “Building A Hopeful Future Together,” community organizations, government agencies, businesses, faith groups, and other stakeholders are uniting to emphasize the significance of nurturing environments for children and families. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) and Positive Childhood Alliance North Carolina (formerly Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina) are leading this charge, advocating for policies and programs that prioritize family well-being and community support.

Susan Osborne, NCDHHS Deputy Secretary for Opportunity and Well-Being, emphasized the importance of accessible support systems for families: “We want North Carolina families to have access to supports they need, when they need them, so children can grow up in nurturing environments with hope for the future.”

Collaborative efforts between NCDHHS and Positive Childhood Alliance NC (PCANC) aim to reshape the narrative surrounding child maltreatment prevention and bolster investments in programs and policies that elevate children and families. Throughout April, communities and individuals are encouraged to engage in various activities, including Pinwheel Plantings, Wear Blue Day, and digital advocacy, to champion the cause of child abuse prevention.

Sharon Hirsch, President & CEO of Positive Childhood Alliance North Carolina, affirmed the commitment to promoting policies prioritizing child and family well-being: “At Positive Childhood Alliance NC, we are committed to challenging the status quo and advocating for policies that prioritize the well-being of all North Carolina children and families.”

Full Press Release in English & Spanish    Visit the Child Abuse Prevention Month Toolkit