April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time to raise awareness about child abuse and neglect and bring attention to the critical need for resources to support and strengthen families and keep children and youth safe from harm. Social workers play critical roles in the lives of vulnerable families. Enhancing the well-being of children, youth, and families is at the heart of the social work profession.
The National Coalition to End Child Abuse Deaths, of which NASW is an active member, has a petition to Congress asking them to hold public hearings on child abuse fatalities, provide emergency funds to cease state cuts to child welfare services, and to adopt a national strategy to end child abuse fatalities.
Take action and sign this petition today. We need 10,000 signatures and are only 1,200 away from that goal. Law and Order: Special Victims Unit star Tamar Tunie will deliver the signatures to Congressman David Camp of Michigan during next week’s congressional briefing on child abuse deaths.
NASW recognizes that many child abuse deaths can be prevented. We stand ready to support communities across the country to help to put an end to child abuse deaths.