Last year, my blog for this month was titled “A Different Kind of April” because National Child Abuse Prevention Month was being implemented in a very different way than it had in the past. All of the events were being held virtually, including the blue pinwheel gardens. This year, most of the activities are still virtual, but I have been heartened to see blue pinwheels planted around my community. While virtual interaction will likely remain a part of our lives from now on, I do look forward to more in-person connections for this and many other causes in the not-too-distant future.
Here are links to resources about National Child Abuse Prevention Month:
In my communication with various agencies around the country, I’ve heard that many of them are returning to some form of in-person contact with the families they serve. Several agencies had maintained face-to-face services throughout the pandemic, while various others had gone completely virtual. But now it seems the majority of programs are doing a hybrid of the two. I believe this is a move in a positive direction.
On a related note, you may be aware that NFPN prepared a report last year on “Remote Services During Covid-19”, which was published in the Child Welfare League of America’s “COVID-19 and Child Welfare: Challenges and Responses” essay collection. As a result of this, I’ve been asked to speak on a panel regarding this publication at CWLA’s 2021 Virtual Conference, “Lessons Learned for 2020: Reaching New Heights for Children and Families” on May 4-6, 2021.
Here’s a link to more information about this conference: https://www.cwla.org/virtual-conference/#webinars
I hope that you’re all staying safe and healthy as we gradually transition to our new normal. NFPN deeply appreciates all that you do to support families. Thank you!
Posted by Michelle Reines, NFPN Executive Director