April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

If anyone needed scientific evidence of the urgent need to prevent child abuse and neglect this was it.

In 1998, the "Adverse Childhood Experience" study was published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. The study's finding was stark; it proved that childhood exposure to abuse and other household dysfunction was tied to the development of adult risk factors that caused death. The childhood exposure could be physical, emotional or sexual abuse. But it also could be living with a household member who is the victim of domestic violence, is a substance abuser, is mentally ill or is imprisoned. The study concluded that the adults who were exposed as children were significantly more likely to suffer alcoholism, drug abuse, depression, suicidal attempts, heart disease, cancer and other diseases. 

Due to these proven effects of abuse and neglect, the need to educate parents on how to best care for their children could not be greater. This month, CTParenting.com continues its effort to provide parents and families with the information they need to do a great job raising their children. Nothing is more important to the health, happiness and holistic well-being of a child than his or her family. And nothing is more effective in making families stronger than information they can use to do a great job raising their kids. The future depends on it!

The Department of Children and Families wants to thank the Administration for Children and Families Child Welfare Information Gateway for much of the material featured on CTParenting during Child Abuse Prevention Month. 


TODAY's TOPIC:  The Child Welfare Information Gateway has lots of information to help parents

April 1: Learn the history of National Child Abuse Prevention Month

April 2:  Find out about the six protective factors at the center of Strengthening Families

April 3:  Keeping your family strong: what you can do.

April 4:  Bonding with your baby.


April 7:  Dealing with temper tantrums.

April 8:  Parenting your school-age child.

April 9:  Connecting with your teen.

April 10: Teen parents . . . you are not alone!

April 11:  Ten ways to be a better Dad.


April 14:  Raising your grandchildren.

April 15:  Military families.

April 16:  Developing strong communities.

April 17: Parenting your child with developmental delays and disabilities.

April 18:  GOOD FRIDAY:  Positive Parenting: How to encourage good behavior


April 21:  Nine steps to more effective parenting

April 22: What neuroscience tells us about toxic stress and the importance of prevention. From the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University.

April 23: What do kids need? Find out about developmental assets. From the Search Institute.

April 24:  Have you Heard the Latest Advice about Parenting?

April 25: ARBOR DAY:  Families are at their best when they have access to the right information. Here is a great family resource from the University of Illinois.


April 28: The Child Health and Development Institute of CT offers an informative issue brief on the developmental needs of infants in the child welfare system.

April 29:  CTParenting - Parents and Caregivers is another great resource for parents who want to understand how to adjust their parenting based on the child's stage and how their child's development impacts every part of his or her life.   

April 30:  Child Welfare Information Gateway