Children's Trust of South Carolina
News
March 2018
April Is Child Abuse Prevention Month
Partners Across the State Plan Awareness Events, Activities
Prevent Child Abuse South Carolina
April is the month to acknowledge the importance of communities working together to prevent child abuse and neglect and draw attention to the effective solution of prevention.

Children’s Trust, the home to Prevent Child Abuse South Carolina (PCA SC) as the state chapter of Prevent Child Abuse America, works to strengthen child abuse prevention across the state by leading a collaboration with 110 local partners on advocacy efforts, unified messaging, shared learning, and access to prevention resources and materials. Approximately 25,000 pinwheels will be planted in April throughout the state to provide a strong visible presence of the commitment to preventing child abuse.

Standing with its national partners, Children's Trust is using the PCA America theme of "Help Great Childhoods Happen," which highlights the ways people can engage in everyday activities that prevent child abuse and neglect in their communities. The campaign will include billboards, S.C. Public Radio spots and digital advertising.
Gov. McMaster Issues Proclamation
Citing child abuse and neglect as the most serious public health problem in the state, Gov. Henry McMaster issued an official proclamation designating April as Child Abuse Prevention Month.

The proclamation states the importance of prevention programs that give families in communities across South Carolina the knowledge and resources to learn, grow and thrive while providing a safe, caring environment for children. Gov. McMaster encourages all South Carolinians to work together to protect the safety and well-being of children in the Palmetto State.
CAP Month Events Spread Awareness
Children's Trust will participate in a wide variety of activities and events across South Carolina throughout the month of April in order to raise awareness about the importance of preventing child abuse and neglect.

  • April 6, Wear Blue Day
  • April 6, Community Organization of the Game, Columbia Fireflies, Spirit Communications Park
  • April 7, Soda City Market, Main Street
  • April 10, Child Advocacy Centers Day, State House
  • April 11, Midlands Investment Announcement, Children's Trust office
  • April 13, Upstate Investment Announcement, A Child's Haven, Greenville
  • April 19, Lowcountry Investment Announcement, Colonial Lake, Charleston
  • April 25, Screening of the movie, "Resilience," Richland County Library
Getting Socially Engaged for Prevention
Children's Trust asks supporters to share prevention messages on social media and promote the positive things happening to build stronger families and great childhoods with Facebook, Twitter and Instagram posts.

Like the Facebook page  and follow Children's Trust on  Twitter  and  Instagram . Change your Facebook cover photo to highlight CAP Month and your profile photo to a pinwheel. Find a link to download the Facebook cover photo and profile photo on the website's CAP Month page.
 
Use the hashtags of  #GreatChildhoods and #Good4SCkids to show your solidarity with Children's Trust and its many partners across the state .
Resources to Use in Your Community
A Child Abuse Prevention Month toolkit is available on the website and features awareness resources for individuals and organizations.

Discover ways to engage the different partners in your community and provide consistent messaging in your various publications and broadcasts.

The website also includes a
and an infographic from PCA America on the 30 things you should know to "Help #GreatChildhoods Happen."
Investing in Prevention
Sponsors Make a Real Impact With Their Support
Preventing child abuse and neglect involves teamwork across the spectrum, and financial support from sponsors and donors is a crucial element in building a great team.

Children's Trust thanks Molina Healthcare of South Carolina for its leadership as well as its commitment to prevention. Molina's generous gift for CAP Month sends a strong signal that corporate partners must join organizations, agencies, communities and individuals in the mission to prevent child abuse and neglect. We also salute TD Bank, SCE&G, Abacus Planning Group and Publix Super Markets.
Thanks to All of You
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A Great Partner in Kappa Delta
Kappa Delta sorority at the University of South Carolina presented a check to Children's Trust in a March ceremony for nearly $60,000, the result of a fall letter-writing campaign by its 400 members.

Kappa Delta collegiate and alumnae chapters across the country have held events in the fall and the spring since 1984 to support the prevention of child abuse. The Beta Zeta chapter at USC began its partnership with Children’s Trust in 2008, and over that time period, it has raised approximately $400,000 for child abuse prevention in South Carolina. The sorority also will raise funds for our organization during its Shamrock Week in March.
Save the Date: May 1 for Midlands Gives
Children's Trust will participate this year in Midlands Gives, the annual 24-hour online giving challenge powered by the Central Carolina Community Foundation that brings the region together as one community while raising money and awareness for Midlands nonprofits. Please mark May 1 on your calendar as the day to help us prevent child abuse and neglect.
Published by Children's Trust of South Carolina.
Children's Trust of South Carolina is the only statewide organization focused on the prevention of child abuse, neglect and injury. The organization trains and educates professionals who work directly with families and also funds, supports and monitors proven prevention programs. Children's Trust is the voice for South Carolina's children and advocates for strong, well-founded policies that positively impact child well-being. Children's Trust is home to Prevent Child Abuse South Carolina, KIDS COUNT South Carolina and Safe Kids South Carolina.