April 18th is I AM FOR THE CHILD DAY!

Every child has a right to a safe childhood free of violence. Child Abuse Prevention Month is an important time to start the conversation in our communities about keeping our children safe. Abuse can be prevented from happening in the first place by promoting safety, awareness and dialogue,.

April is the Month; April 18th is the Day! JOIN IN!

In support of the safety of all children, post a photo of yourself on social media wearing BLUE on Wednesday, April 18th; go to — or tag CASA — by using the hashtag:


Our goal is to raise awareness of child abuse and champion the needs of abused and neglected children. Local programs are setting open houses throughout the state. Details are on the Wisconsin CASA Association Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/events/360622571074691/

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) enlists citizen volunteers to champion the needs of abused and neglected children unsafe at home. They must live temporarily under the jurisdiction of the courts and county child welfare system supervision. By reaching out to neighbors, businesses, schools, friends and family, we can make a difference in the lives of children! Learn more about CASA Manitowoc at: https://lakeshorecap.org/casa/

CAPTA and National Child Abuse Prevention Month

In 1974, federal legislation — the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) — was passed to protect children from abuse and neglect. Congress took further steps in 1982 and recognized April as the first National Child Abuse Prevention Month. CAPTA has evolved from responding to the occurrence and effects of child abuse to focusing on risks, protection, prevention, and multi-sector approaches and partnerships.

The Five Protective Factors Training

Since the focus on recognition and prevention has widened to include promoting healthy parenting and strong families through education and community support, The National Alliance of Children’s Trust & Prevention Funds developed the Strengthening Families™ Protective Factors Framework. Furthermore, a curriculum was developed called “Bringing the Protective Factors to Life in Your Work.” Lakeshore CAP periodically offers this course to assist professionals who work with families and children in protecting vulnerable children from harm. The current two-day training program is April 20th & 27th from 10AM – 4:30PM at the Manitowoc County Health Department. You may register by calling Colleen at 920-686-8705. More information can be found by clicking on this link: Protective Factors 2018 Brochure