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New Jersey Department of Children and Families (DCF) is proud to acknowledge the month of April as Child Abuse Prevention Month.  DCF promotes the health, well-being, and personal safety of children and families by working together with parents, caregivers, organizations and communities to ensure an effective network of proven supports services, public education and community advocacy to prevent maltreatment.

Parents, schools, and community organizations can be a change agent to prevent child maltreatment in New Jersey.  DCF asks that you make a personal “Pledge of Prevention” to support our children and help them grow up healthy, happy, strong, and successful.

Below are tips/resources to get involved.

5 Tips/Resources to Get Involved
  1. New Jersey’s Governor Phil Murphy proclaims April as Child Abuse Prevention Month. Ask your city mayor to sign a “Child Abuse Prevention Month Proclamation”. Click for sample.

  2. Sign a Promise of Prevention and make a difference in the life of a child. Click for sample.

  3. Bring the Protective Factors Framework to life in your work. Attend Protective Factors training in your community. Click for 5 Protective Factors.

  4. Plant a Pinwheel Garden. The pinwheel is reflective of the bright future all children deserve. For more information visit Prevent Child Abuse America (PCA America) website at

  5. Wear a “pinwheel” pin during the month of April. For more information visit Prevent Child Abuse America (PCA America) website at