North Carolina April Declared Child Abuse Prevention Month

North Carolina -- April 5, 2022: North Carolina Health and Human Services announced that
Governor Roy Cooper declared April Child Abuse Prevention Month. With the COVID-19 pandemic still dominating

much of our lives, this more important than ever because we need to be mindful of the impact the pandemic has had on parents and caregivers.

Recognizing the importance of caring connections, supportive environments and positive experiences for all children
and families, Governor Roy Cooper declared April as Child Abuse Prevention Month in North Carolina.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina recognize everyone
has a stake in prioritizing equal opportunities for every child from each community in the state to build a more prosperous future for all during Child Abuse Prevention Month in April.

April 2022 marks the third year CAP Month occurs during the COVID-19 pandemic. While metrics are improving,
many North Carolina families continue to find themselves under great stress that can lead to significant increases in the risk of child maltreatment. COVID-19 has added stressors that can overload parents and caregivers, such as loss of employment, loss of income due to lack of paid leave, changing child care and schooling arrangements, and food insecurity.

“Our children are precious and deserve to be nurtured and protected. It’s important that we build a strong foundation for them so that they can learn, play and grow,” said Governor Roy Cooper in a video message.

 “We’re doing more to wrap services around the whole family. When we work together to support our children and families
in every corner of our state, we can build a strong future for all.”

“April is a time for North Carolinians step up and help to build caring connections, supportive environments and positive experiences for all children and families,” said NCDHHS Sec. Kody Kinsley.  “Child and family well-being is one of DHHS’ top priorities, to make sure every child in North Carolina grows up safe, healthy, and thriving in a nurturing and resilient community.”

“Research shows that positive childhood experiences and caring connections grow thriving families and communities,” said Sharon Hirsch, PCANC President & CEO. “While every season is a new opportunity to build sturdy foundations for children, this Child Abuse Prevention Month is an opportunity to redefine how our policies, systems and communities propel children into becoming healthy, thriving members of their community and reaching their full potential. Please join us in prioritizing safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments for children, allowing families and entire communities to succeed — today and for generations to come.” 

North Carolina Health and Human Services:

For more information on Child Abuse Prevention Month, including a toolkit with customized resources for school counselors, faith communities and early care and education providers, please visit

Register for PCANC’s free webinar on April 20 and participate in digital advocacy day on Wednesday, April 27.

About Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina

Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina ensures that child maltreatment prevention is a priority for North Carolina and all communities have the knowledge, support and resources to prevent child abuse and neglect. Through collaboration with partners across North Carolina, PCANC works with communities to build safe, stable, nurturing relationships for all children. PCANC is the North Carolina chapter of Prevent Child Abuse America. PCANC is a proud recipient of Charity Navigator’s prestigious 4-star rating and GuideStar’s Platinum Seal of Transparency. For more information, contact Kristie Demers, Director of Communications and Marketing, at (919) 829-8009, ext. 619 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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