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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.

You are invited!

This year on April 23, 2015, at 11:00 AM please join the MI CTF as it hosts the 7th annual State of Michigan’s 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.)

Prevention Awareness Day will take place at the steps of the State Capitol in downtown Lansing (inside the Rotunda in inclement weather).

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 once more 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 Prevention Awareness Day, each year the Children's Trust Fund hosts 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 Prevention Awareness Day or Legislative Education Day, please feel free to contact Emily Schuster-Wachsberger at wachsbergere@michigan.gov or 517-335-0671.

Please share Prevention Awareness Day information with others and we hope to see you there!
This video below is from the 2014 Prevention Awareness Day Rally held on April 22, 2014.


Other Child Abuse Prevention Month Information 

A comprehensive toolkit has been posted below on this website page with 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.


Please Note:  The toolkit below has been developed with the most recent logos and campaign strategies by PCA.  These won’t be officially released until April 1st.  The toolkit is currently available at this time for planning purposes only.  Any informational materials should not be publically distributed until after April 1st.  Thank you.



Related Documents
0.1-CAP Month Toolkit - Cover PDF icon
0.1-CAP Month Toolkit - Cover DOC icon
0.5-CAP Month Toolkit Table of Contents PDF icon
0.5-CAP Month Toolkit Table of Contents DOC icon
01-CAP Month Toolkit-Letter from CTF Director PDF icon
01-CAP Month Toolkit-Letter from CTF Director DOC icon
02-CAP Month Toolkit-Prevention Awareness Day Brochure PDF icon
03-CAP Month Toolkit-The Power of One 2015 PDF icon
03-CAP Month Toolkit-The Power of One 2015 DOC icon
04-CAP Month Toolkit-Pinwheels for Prevention-April 1 Statewide Event 2015 DOC icon
04-CAP Month Toolkit-Pinwheels for Prevention-April 1 Statewide Event 2015 PDF icon
05-CAP Month Tookit-CAP Month Poster 2014 print PDF icon
06-CAP Month Toolkit-CAP Month Brochure 2014 print PDF icon
07-CAP Month Toolkit-Product Order Form 2015 DOC icon
07-CAP Month Toolkit-Product Order Form 2015 PDF icon
08-CAP Month Toolkit-State and National CAN Statistics 2015 PDF icon
08-CAP Month Toolkit-State and National CAN Statistics 2015 DOC icon
09-CAP Month Toolkit-CPS Trends Report FY2015 PDF icon
10-CAP Month Toolkit-Accessing Local Child Abuse Statistics via Kids Count 2015 DOC icon
10-CAP Month Toolkit-Accessing Local Child Abuse Statistics via Kids Count 2015 PDF icon
11-CAP Month Toolkit-Effective Prevention Strategies 2015 PDF icon
11-CAP Month Toolkit-Effective Prevention Strategies 2015 DOC icon
12-CAP Month Toolkit-Keeping the Family Strong-The Protective Factors PDF icon
13-CAP Month Toolkit-Safe Sleep 2015 DOC icon
13-CAP Month Toolkit-Safe Sleep 2015 PDF icon
14-CAP Month Toolkit-Helpful Hints for Making CAP Month a Success DOC icon
14-CAP Month Toolkit-Helpful Hints for Making CAP Month a Success PDF icon
15-CAP Month Toolkit-Facebook and Twitter CAP Month Messaging DOC icon
15-CAP Month Toolkit-Facebook and Twitter CAP Month Messaging PDF icon
16-CAP Month Toolkit-CAP Month Memes PDF icon
16-CAP Month Toolkit-CAP Month Memes DOC icon
17-CAP Month Toolkit-School Messaging for CAP Month DOC icon
17-CAP Month Toolkit-School Messaging for CAP Month PDF icon
18-CAP Month Toolkit-Calendar of Activities-April 2015 PDF icon
18-CAP Month Toolkit-Calendar of Activities-April 2015 RTF icon
19-CAP Month Toolkit-Faith Based Campaign 2015 DOC icon
19-CAP Month Toolkit-Faith Based Campaign 2015 PDF icon
20-CAP Month Toolkit-Fundraising Ideas during CAP Month PDF icon
20-CAP Month Toolkit-Fundraising Ideas during CAP Month DOC icon
21-CAP Month Toolkit-Fundraiser Pinup 2 Per page PDF icon
21-CAP Month Toolkit-Fundraiser Pinup 2 Per page DOC icon
22-CAP Month Toolkit-Fundraiser Pinup 4 Per page PDF icon
22-CAP Month Toolkit-Fundraiser Pinup 4 Per page DOC icon
23-CAP Month Toolkit-Pinwheel Sales Flyer 2015 PDF icon
23-CAP Month Toolkit-Pinwheel Sales Flyer 2015 DOC icon
24-CAP Month Toolkit-Partners in Prevention-National and State 2015 PDF icon
24-CAP Month Toolkit-Partners in Prevention-National and State 2015 DOC icon
25-CAP Month Toolkit-Engaging Others to Sell Pinwheels Letter 2015 DOC icon
25-CAP Month Toolkit-Engaging Others to Sell Pinwheels Letter 2015 PDF icon
26-CAP Month Toolkit-Commitment Form for Selling Pinwheels 2015 Sample PDF icon
26-CAP Month Toolkit-Commitment Form for Selling Pinwheels 2015 Sample DOC icon
27-CAP Month Toolkit-Donation Letter 2015 Sample DOC icon
27-CAP Month Toolkit-Donation Letter 2015 Sample PDF icon
28-CAP Month Toolkit-Volunteer Solicitation Letter 2015 Sample DOC icon
28-CAP Month Toolkit-Volunteer Solicitation Letter 2015 Sample PDF icon
29-CAP Month Toolkit-Donation Thank You Note 2015 DOC icon
29-CAP Month Toolkit-Donation Thank You Note 2015 PDF icon
30-CAP Month Toolkit-Certificate of Appreciation PDF icon