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New Jersey Department of Children and Families (DCF) is proud to acknowledge the month of April as Child Abuse Prevention Month.  DCF promotes the health, well-being, and personal safety of children and families by working together with parents, caregivers, organizations and communities to ensure an effective network of proven support services, public education and community advocacy to prevent maltreatment.

Parents, schools, and community organizations can be change agents to prevent child maltreatment in New Jersey.  DCF asks that you make a personal “Pledge of Prevention” to offer assistance, referral or resources that help children to thrive.

Below are tips/resources to get involved.

Tips/Resources to Get Involved
  • New Jersey’s Governor Phil Murphy proclaims April as Child Abuse Prevention Month. Ask your city mayor to sign a “Child Abuse Prevention Month Proclamation”. Click for sample.

  • Sign and Share #ShineHope. In partnership with NJ DCF and the New Jersey Children’s Alliance, #ShineHope for the victims of child abuse by downloading and filling in the template, and share on social media a message of hope and action for the prevention of child abuse and neglect.

  • Plant a Pinwheel Garden and Wear a “pinwheel” pin during the month of April. The pinwheel is reflective of the bright future all children deserve. For more information visit Prevent Child Abuse America (PCA America) website at