“The family is the backbone of our society” was not only a saying of the late Ronald Reagan, but also a sentiment shared by many Presidents throughout our nation’s history. If this quote is true, if the family unit is integral to the wellbeing of our society; then we need strong families more than ever. With economic sequesters and incidents of school and community violence on the increase, we need families that can provide children with a safe place to grow, to thrive and to learn to be tomorrow’s responsible citizens.
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. In New Jersey, in order to emphasize the important role of families, Governor Chris Christie is proclaiming the month, “Child Abuse and Awareness Month 2017.” As such, the New Jersey Child Assault Prevention (NJ CAP) program is proud to announce that it has been strengthening children and families for over 30 years by providing educational and prevention programs in our schools statewide.
With a motto “All Children Deserve to be Safe, Strong and Free”, the CAP program seeks to reduce children’s vulnerability to abuse, neglect and bullying by providing comprehensive prevention workshops for children, parents/guardians and school staff. Since its inception, NJ CAP has trained over 3 million children and adults in its life saving strategies. NJ CAP programs are available to every community in our State.
This April, why not commemorate this special month by:
- Learning strategies to empower your child to be safe from bullying and abuse by visiting njcap.org
- Volunteer or become a CAP facilitator at your local CAP project. Learn more at
- Encourage your local school district to apply for the CAP program. Online applications at http://njcap.org/grant-applications/
- Donate to a local CAP project so that more children can receive this life saving information. Online donation at www.Njcap.org
As we work together to educate and empower our children and parents, we will strengthen our families, our communities and our Nation.