Child Abuse Prevention Month

Pinwheels for Prevention LogoSince 1985, April has been nationally recognized as Child Abuse Prevention Month. The Michigan Children's Trust Fund has used this special time each year to acknowledge the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child maltreatment in all its forms.

This year on April 27, 2017, at 11:00 AM the MI CTF will host the 9th annual State of Michigan’s Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Day rally, procession and pinwheel garden planting event in recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month. (Note: The pinwheel is the nationally recognized symbol for child abuse and neglect prevention. It also symbolizes the belief that every child has the right to grow and flourish to his/her full potential within a nurturing environment.)

Our Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Day rally will take place at the steps of the State Capitol in downtown Lansing.

This one hour event brings together notable speakers, entertainment and hundreds of people to recognize the issues of child maltreatment and to honor all the children and families of Michigan.

The event's theme is The Power of One. This statewide initiative under the leadership of the Children's Trust Fund asserts that the power of one person, one community, one dollar and one action can make a positive impact on the prevention of child abuse.

In conjunction with Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Day, the Children's Trust Fund hosted a Legislative Education Day.

  • Legislative Education Day affords organizations and individuals an opportunity to come to Lansing and meet with their respective legislators to inform them about child abuse and neglect prevention needs as well as to speak about the important and significant prevention work being done to reduce (and ultimately end) child maltreatment within their respective legislative districts.

For more information about Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Day or Legislative Education Day, please feel free to contact Emily Schuster-Wachsberger at or 517-335-0671.

This video below is from the 2015 Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Day Rally held on April 23, 2015.

Other Child Abuse Prevention Month Information 

A comprehensive Child Abuse Prevention (CAP) Month toolkit is available at this link, providing messaging, statistical, programmatic and fundraising materials along with related website links for your use. Please take a few moments (or more) to peruse these vital and practical Child Abuse Prevention Month resources.