National Child Abuse Prevention Month recognizes the importance of families and communities working together to strengthen families to prevent child abuse and neglect. Through this collaboration, prevention services and supports help protect children and produce thriving families.
This year, the Ohio Children’s Trust Fund’s (OCTF’s) campaign will be centered around Positive Childhood Experiences (PCEs). Through this year’s campaign, the OCTF will highlight the impact that Positive Childhood Experiences have on mitigating the lifelong effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), illustrating how one positive interaction with a trusted adult can have a lasting effect that reaches into adulthood.
This April, OCTF encourages all adults to “Be a Hero in the Eyes of a Child – one simple act of encouragement at a time.”
The Ohio Children's Trust Fund will be kicking off April Child Abuse Prevention Month with a virtual program on Thursday, April 7, 2022, beginning at 10:00am, featuring a live presentation from keynote speaker Mary Kreitz, Trauma Therapist and Training Director at Child and Adolescent Behavior Health.
This presentation will focus on how, in a time when so many of us have experienced trauma and ACES, we can facilitate Positive Childhood Experiences to promote healthy development and resiliency in the face of adversity. During the event, OCTF will also be honoring the winners of the Everyday Ohio Heroes Awards and Youth Art Contest. Click here to register for this free event on Eventbrite.