Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and to remember the millions of children who are victims of abuse/neglect, The Oak House Child Advocacy Center as part of the Blue Sunday National Child Abuse Prevention campaign, is asking the Faith Based Community to be in prayer for child abuse victims as well as those who work with and care for these victims on Sunday, April 26, 2020.

Who: Faith Based Community

What: A designated time in your service to pray for the millions of victims of child abuse and for those who work and care for them. We also ask if you encourage your congregation to wear Blue on this day as support.

Where: Churches within the South Ga Judicial Circuit of Decatur, Grady, Baker, and Calhoun Counties and across our Nation.

When: Sunday, April 26, 2020

Why: April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. It began when a report about abused and neglected children caught the attention of President Ronald Reagan in 1983. The epidemic of child abuse continues to grow in our nation. One is too many. (Read these statistics to your congregation) Faith Based Community we must face the facts:

  • One in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually abused before their 18th birthday.

 

  • Most child abuse incidents are drug and alcohol related.

 

  • Within one year of aging out of the foster care system, 66% of victims will be homeless, in jail or dead.

 

  • There are over 100,000 children awaiting adoption in the United States. 125 of those victims were in our South Ga Circuit in 2019 alone.

How to pray for abused children on Blue Sunday:

  • Pray they will be rescued.

 

  • Pray they are placed with caring, educated people.

 

  • Pray their minds and bodies can heal.

 

  • Pray they find hope.

 

  • Pray for those who rescue, work with, and care for them.

Let’s pray, educate ourselves, and volunteer until black and blue are just colors in a child’s crayon box.

For more information on how your church can be involved contact

The Oak House Child Advocacy Center at (229) 309-1882 or amy.theoakhouse@ymail.com

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