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Stand Up NH: April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

April 13, 2016

Original article printed in the Berlin Daily Sun.

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. As the New Hampshire chapter of Prevent Child Abuse America, N.H. Children’s Trust has been leading the initiative of eliminating child abuse and neglect in our state since 1986, but they can’t do it alone.

“We all have a role in strengthening our families and communities in order to give children the great childhoods they deserve,” said Keryn Bernard-Kriegl, executive director of N.H. Children’s Trust. “The good news is it’s not as hard as it sounds.”

N.H. Children’s Trust suggests an array of everyday actions Granite Staters can take to support the cause of child abuse prevention this month. From hosting pinwheel gardens to sharing social media posts, there are many opportunities to get involved.

Each year, the organization promotes Wear Blue Day, an awareness and fundraising event in which people wear blue to take a stand against child abuse and support prevention efforts. Supporters from all over the Granite State have pledged to participate in Wear Blue Day on Friday, April 8. N.H. Children’s Trust requests that participants share their pictures on social media using the hashtag #WearBlueDayNH.

“We want New Hampshire to speak up for the children and families in your community – preventing child abuse means supporting families every day,” said Janine Mitchell, public relations director of N.H. Children’s Trust. “Participating in Wear Blue Day is a fun and easy way to get involved and spread awareness and education about preventing child abuse.”

Using research-informed, strength-based approaches, N.H. Children’s Trust protects children by preventing trauma from ever happening. Thanks to generous donors, N.H. Children’s Trust can continue to strengthen and expand their programs and advance their mission of eliminating child abuse and neglect in the state, but more can be done.

There are many simple, effective ways everyone can help protect New Hampshire children and take a stand against child abuse this April. Learn more about what you can do during Child Abuse Prevention Month by visiting nhchildrenstrust.org/StandUpNH.