Child sexual abuse and maltreatment knows no boundary. It is not a socioeconomic problem. It is not a race issue. It happens in every community and in every type of household.
– Carrie Sanderson, Director 
Center for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment


National Child Abuse Prevention Month recognizes the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse and maltreatment and promotes the social and emotional well-being of children and families.

April was first declared Child Abuse Prevention Month in 1983. Since then, April has been a time to acknowledge the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse. Each year, April is full of opportunities to support local services whose mission is helping South Dakota children and families who have experienced harm.

During this month and throughout the year, communities are encouraged to increase awareness and provide education and support to families through resources and strategies to prevent child abuse and neglect.

April Child Abuse Prevention Month Events

Child Abuse Prevention Breakfast

April 1, 2022:

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month.  The South Dakota Center for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment (CPCM) invites you to join us in commemorating this important month by raising awareness of how we can help our fellow South Dakotans know about, respond to, and prevent child maltreatment.

National Wear Blue Day to Prevent Child Abuse

April 1, 2022

Child Abuse Prevention Month has been observed since 1983. Its supporters wear blue ribbons, plant pinwheels and observe a special day to wear blue to support preventing child abuse and neglect. This year’s day is April 1. If you choose to Wear Blue on April 1 please snap a selfie and forward that to CPCM so we may place it on our social media channels. Thank you for your support!

Child Welfare Legal Workshop

April 4, 2022: Child Welfare Legal Workshop – Center for the Prevention of Childhood Maltreatment (

This program is offered for FREE thanks to the generous support of the Unified Judicial System’s Court Improvement program to highlight best practices in child abuse and neglect case. The workshops’s target audience is law students.

CPCM Board Meeting and Reception

April 21, 2022

The CPCM Advisory Board will conduct its in-person meeting for 2022, which will culminate with a reception for board members and government officials.

2022 Sexual Violence Institute 

April 20-21, 2022, Pierre, SD

This event is organized by The South Dakota Network Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault.

More information here: 2022 SVI Registration (

Register here: SD-SDNAFVSA (

Court Improvement Program Training

April 27, 2022: CIP Training Series – Center for the Prevention of Childhood Maltreatment (

CPCM and the Unified Judicial System conduct monthly Court Improvement Program trainings to help inform courtroom management of potential trauma effects in child abuse and neglect cases. The April training is held in conjunction with the South Dakota State Bar Association and will focus on Best Practices on Abuse/Neglect Cases.

Children’s Home Society April Virtual Training Series

Enough Abuse Part I: Understanding the Issue
Tuesday, April 5
Noon-1:00p MT/ 1-2:00p CT

Enough Abuse: Recognizing and Responding
Tuesday, April 12
Noon-1:00p MT/ 1-2:00p CT

Enough Abuse: Understanding the Sexual Behaviors of Children
Tuesday, April 19
Noon-1:00p MT/ 1-2:00p CT

Enough Abuse: Responding to the Sexual Behaviors of Children
Tuesday, April 26
Noon-1:00p MT/ 1-2:00p CT

Evening Enough Abuse Full Training –
Enough Abuse: Strategies for Your Family and Community
Wednesday, April 6
5:30-7:30p MT/6:30-8:30p CT

Get Involved!

Be a Blue Ambassador


Each April, CPCM shares one tip each day on social media to help spread the word about how we can work together to end child maltreatment and build resiliency. This year, we will work with community partners to once again sponsor a social media campaign.

This April CPCM has teamed up with Children’s Home Society of South Dakota to get as many ACEs trainings scheduled in South Dakota’s largest communities as possible to Build a Resilient South Dakota, The community training the most people will get a special award!

Register here for a training. 

If you are interested in helping, sign up to be a Blue Ambassador and contribute to the awareness of your community by joining our Blue Ambassadors Social Media Ambassador program.

Wear blue on National Wear Blue Day April 1 and show your support for ending child abuse. Snap a selfie and share it with CPCM so we can post it on our social media platforms.

Not interested in being an ambassador but still want access to the campaign content?  Be sure to like and follow us on social media!

Wear Blue on Thursdays and post a selfie on social media!

The “Wear Blue” campaign gained momentum after a grandmother wore a blue ribbon as a tribute to her grandson, who died at the hands of his mother’s abusive boyfriend in Virginia. You can participate in several ways:

  • Join us in wearing blue on South Dakota Wear Blue Day April 14 to express solidarity with survivors of child abuse, neglect, and maltreatment as well as to promote awareness of prevention efforts across the state.
  • Indicate that you are a Wear Blue Ambassador CAPM Event Registration – Center for the Prevention of Childhood Maltreatment ( by posting photos of yourself wearing blue on Thursdays to your social media pages.
  • Contribute to public awareness by posting a Blue Ambassador flier and organizing a wear blue event in your school, work, and/or community. Post photos and share them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using #SDWearBlue and tag us using @sdcpcm.
  • Add the picture linked below to your email signature.

I’m a Blue ambassador logo

Community Events

A great way to observe CAPM is to engage youth, families, and community by hosting an event which draws awareness to the issue of child welfare. Some possible events may include:
  • an open house to highlight services your agency offers
  • an event that promotes wellness (yoga, art therapy, story time)
  • a fundraising or membership drive that supports a youth-serving organization
  • a community education event
  • Already have an April event planned in your community?  Register your CAPM event to have it included in our community event calendar for FREE. All South Dakota community events which support or advance child wellness are eligible to be included. CPCM will also highlight events throughout the month on our social media channels to increase awareness and participation!

We know that South Dakota is FULL of caring communities with amazing people doing wonderful work. We are honored to help in any way to support your efforts to impact your local community.