Maryland CACs Recognize Child Abuse Prevention Month
The month of April is Nationally recognized as Child Abuse Prevention Month. This year, many Maryland jurisdictions have planned outreach activities to spread awareness to the community about the work of our CACs and information about preventing maltreatment. MCA is very proud to share the accomplishments of our CAC’s.
Kent County CAC kicks off their month-long Support, Connect, Empower! Campaign to create awareness and enhance education in an effort to end child abuse in Kent County. Child Advocacy Center leader, Rachel Boyle, is also featured on a local radio, WCTR podcast episode, to spread awareness about Child Abuse Prevention Month that can be heard here. Please consider attending some or all of Kent County’s April Events. Check out the schedule here!
Somerset County CAC, Wicomico County CAC, and the CRICKET Center of Worcester County have teamed together in a tri-county initiative to highlight the work of their CACs, help people understand the value and work that is done at their CACs, and spread awareness about child maltreatment prevention. The counties will gather together to plant pinwheel gardens across the lower shore. The counties will engage the community via social media by using the hashtag #tricountygoesblue and creating a Facebook profile frame. Additionally, the counties have sent joint press releases to encourage the addition of PSA for radio and television stations and are pursuing proclamations from their respective counties, cities, and towns.
The CRICKET Center hosted its 8th annual Walk for Kids on April 17th. The event was a huge success! Each walker received a swag bag for participation. The CRICKET Center also, for the first time, received permission to plant pinwheels at the Worcester County courthouse.
Anne Arundel County CAC has successfully advocated for an executive proclamation of April 1, 2021 as Child Abuse Awareness Day in Anne Arundel County. This executive proclamation was made by County Executive Steuart L. Pittman. See the full proclamation below!
Dorchester County CAC staff visited schools and community partners to promote child abuse prevention awareness. The team distributed lapel pins, blue beads, pencils, and information cards along with posting signs and pinwheels for prevention to help spread awareness. See more pictures Here.
Center for Hope’s Baltimore Child Abuse Center hosted a presentation of the #RedDeskProject to raise awareness about homicide in Baltimore. This project is a functional public art installation made up of 111 desks, representing the 111 children who have been murdered in Baltimore since 2015.
On April 2, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan lit the Government House in Annapolis, Maryland blue in recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month.