DCYF Recognizes Child Abuse Prevention Month

April 1, 2024
Blue pinwheels

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month! 

DCYF is joining with other states and organizations across the U.S. to celebrate and recognize the extraordinary support that parents, caregivers, and community members provide to children everyday to help children succeed.

To raise awareness, DCYF’s Strengthening Families Washington team is participating in the Pinwheels for Prevention Campaign, which will deploy roughly 15,000 blue pinwheels across Washington state to represent the joy of childhood and to remind all of us that every child deserves a happy, healthy, childhood.

In support of these efforts, Gov. Jay Inslee proclaimed April as Child Abuse Prevention Month in Washington State. 

DCYF recommends the following ways to help raise awareness and impact positive change virtually during this year’s Child Abuse Prevention Month:

  • Follow DCYF on Facebook and share our posts widely — and encourage your friends and family to do the same. Use the hashtags #BuildingHopefulFutures and #CAPMonth to let us know you're committed to helping children, families, and entire communities to flourish.
  • You can show support for promoting positive childhood experiences and preventing adversity by wearing blue on April 5 for #WearBlueDay to kick off CAP Month with momentum. Post a photo or video on social media and include the #WearBlueDay2024 hashtag. Download DCYF’s Child Abuse Prevention Month coloring pageStrengthening Families Coloring Book, or the Strengthening Families Activity Packet to create positive interactions with the children and families in your life.
  • Plant a virtual pinwheel – a visual reminder of the world we want for all children to grow up happy, healthy, and prepared to succeed. Click here plant one online in the virtual pinwheel garden. You can contribute to your local chapter with this effort. All donations are tax-deductible, and funds go directly to your local state chapter to support local children and families.
  • Email dcyf.strengtheningfamilies@dcyf.wa.gov for Pinwheel for Prevention stickers, temporary tattoos, posters, and more.

For more information, contact dcyf.strengtheningfamilies@dcyf.wa.gov