National Child Abuse Prevention Month recognizes the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse and maltreatment and promotes the social and emotional well-being of children and families.
April was first declared Child Abuse Prevention Month in 1983. Since then, April has been a time to acknowledge the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse. Each year, April is full of opportunities to support local services whose mission is helping South Dakota children and families who have experienced harm.
During this month and throughout the year, communities are encouraged to increase awareness and provide education and support to families through resources and strategies to prevent child abuse and neglect.