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April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

March 14, 2019

Child Welfare,

Alaska has one of the highest rates of child abuse and neglect in the nation. But the good news is, we can all do something to prevent child abuse and neglect.

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and we need your help in raising awareness. Decorate your car, home, or office in blue and remember that we all play a part in the safety and well-being of our children.

On Friday, April 5, dress in blue and plan to attend one of the Go Blue Day events around the state. In Anchorage, Alaska Children’s Trust will host the 5th annual Go Blue Day rally at the Wells Fargo headquarters (C Street & N. Lights) at 4:30 pm. Bring a group and carry signs. Share this Facebook event on your social media pages and encourage friends and family to join you. In Juneau on the same day, join the Go Blue rally at the Alaska State Capitol (120 44th Street) from noon to 1 pm. Share this Facebook event among your friends and family in Juneau.

Parenting is tough. But knowing more about child development and typical behavior can help you become more patient and confident. Focus on your strengths, give yourself grace, and take time for yourself to recharge. When things get hard, choose to look for the positive. Take a moment to remember what you love and enjoy about your child.

In tough situations, reach out to others for support. It's OK to ask for help. Call 2-1-1 from anywhere in Alaska to connect with community resources and assistance.

Call thread toll free at 800.278.3723 to learn more about child development and to receive helpful parenting tips.

Remember, no matter who you are, if you see or suspect child abuse or neglect, say something. You could make the difference in that child's life.

Report your concerns to the Office of Children's Services:

Call: 1-800-478-4444

Fax: 907-269-3939

[email protected]

Or in emergency situations, call 9-1-1.