#VTStandsAgainstChildAbuse April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and we’re kicking off the month with our “Take a Stand Against Child Abuse” campaign. For the entire month of April, you can take a stand against child abuse by taking pictures of yourself literally or symbolically standing! Post to your social media accounts and use #VTStandsAgainstChildAbuse to show your support. Get your friends and colleagues to stand too! Add another hashtag with your county, town or business. Need a sign to hold? We’ve got you covered! Or click the picture below for another option.
Additionally, many child advocacy centers are hosting events and partnering with other agencies in your area to promote this special month. This is also a great time to recognize the fact that we all play a role in making our community a better place for our children. Check out what’s happening across Vermont! Bennington: Pinwheel garden will go in on April 1st. April 8th will be chock full of events starting with “Bennington Goes Blue” – wear blue on the 8th to show your support. And at 9 AM at the Old First Church Barn on Monument Ave they will be hosting a Legislative Breakfast. Join them later for a candlelight vigil. Check out a free viewing of the film, “I Am Evidence” at Southern Vermont College. More details on these events as well as additional information on other events hosted by the BCCAC can be found in their newsletter here or contact Joy Kitchell (802) 442-5107. Check out this interview with CAC Director Joy Kitchell: The News Project: In Studio – P.A.V.E. & CAC Host April Events Orange: Keep your eye on Orange County Child Advocacy Center’s Facebook page for #VTStandsAgainstChildAbuse pictures and daily posts with information about services in Orange County as well as facts about child abuse. All are welcome to attend their pinwheel placement recognizing each victim served last year. The event is scheduled for 9 AM on April 2nd. For more information contact Ferron Wambold (802)-685-4712. Lamoille: Lamoille County will be participating in #VTStandsAgainstChildAbuse and plans to post on their Facebook page daily. On the 29th they will be putting out pinwheels representing the number of cases investigated so far this year. They will also participate in a clothesline project and are teaming up with the Clarina Howard Nichols Center for an evening event on the 29th. Keep your eye out on their Facebook page for more information! Contact Tracy Patnoe with questions (802)-851-8116. Orleans: Orleans County Child Advocacy Center will be posting #VTStandsAgainstChildAbuse on their Facebook page. They are also teaming up with the Newport Police Department on April 19th for an awareness event at Brenda’s Homestyle Cookin’ in Newport. There will be a raffle, 50/50 tickets and T-shirts for sale. They will be hosting a showing of “Resilience” at the High School on the 23rd. For more information contact Dawn Kelly (802) 334-6002. Rutland: Child First Advocacy Center will be taking part in #VTStandsAgainstChildAbuse so keep an eye on their Facebook page as well. Child First will be at the Moose Lodge in Rutland on April 14th for a Child Safety and Resource Event. They will also be hosting their annual Bocce Tournament on April 27th. For more information contact Wendy Loomis (802) 747-0200. Washington: O.U.R House of Central Vermont plans to post #VTStandsAgainstChildAbuse pictures daily. Questions for Rebecca Duranleau? Give her a call at (802) 476-8825. Windham: Safe Place is hosting a coloring contest from April 1st that will run through April 19th. Pick up a coloring sheet at the libraries in Brattleboro, Wilmington, Dover, Putney, and/or at KidsPLAYce in Brattleboro. Winners in two age groups will be announced on the 30th and both winners will received a great stuffed animal donated by Mary Meyer Toys. They will be screening the documentary ‘Roll Red Roll’ on Monday April 8th at Brooks Memorial Library. Members from Safe Place Child Advocacy Center and Women’s Freedom Center will discuss themes in the documentary and answer questions after the show. Be on the lookout for a ‘Blue Ribbon Bingo’ fundraiser on April 27th hosted by the VFW Auxiliary – it starts at 11AM. Additional information on the fundraiser can be found here. For details on any of the events in Brattleboro contact Alyssa Todd (802) 579-1358. Windsor: The Family Place will join the #VTStandsAgainstChildAbusecampaign on their social media sites. On April 2nd they will hold their annual policy luncheon with a focus on their work with the Harvard Center on the Developing Child. More information on the luncheon can be found here. Additionally this year marks the 16th anniversary of the Shield Our Children from Harm conference which is being held on April 11th. If you have any questions about the events happening in Windsor County, give Julie Gaudette a call (802) 295-3882.