Sample Letter to the Editor

Editor's Name
Newspaper's Name
Newspaper's Address

Dear Editor:

It's a tragic fact that nearly 200,000 children in Texas are reported as abused or neglected every year; don't walk away.

April is Child Abuse Prevention month. It's a time to focus on ways not only to protect children but also to prevent abuse from ever occurring. This is your opportunity to make a difference in young lives.

Neglect is the most frequent form of child abuse. Yes, children die simply because they're put in situations where they are not supervised.

We all know that law enforcement cannot prevent all crime. We cannot expect the state's Child Protective Services to stop all child abuse and neglect. In fact, in the majority of the most tragic cases of child abuse - those in which a child died - Child Protective Services had no opportunity to impact the safety of the child at risk. Maybe it was a situation that people outside the family couldn’t see. Possibly the child's parent didn’t realize that their own action, or lack thereof, put their child's life at risk. We all have to recognize neglect and not walk away from it.

Parents are not alone. Information and support is available to make communities strong and safe. The Web site www.HelpAndHope.org contains a wealth of information on how to prevent child abuse, where to go to get help with parenting skills, and what to do if you suspect a child is in danger. Additionally, volunteers from (your organization's name) are in the community sharing information from Child Abuse Prevention Kits. Contact your local Child Protective Services office or (your organization's name) to get more information. It's up to all of us to prevent child abuse. We must work to put our children first, safe and secure.

Sincerely,

(Your name)

(Your organization's name)

More Public Awareness Materials

Every April, communities all over Texas and the nation observe Child Abuse Prevention Month, raising awareness of child abuse and neglect while promoting resources to support families. We invite you to join this campaign, and we encourage you to use the materials on this website and the national website to spread the word in your community.

Community Action Plans

Raise awareness where you live and work - in schools and businesses, where you worship, in your local media, and more - with these creative and helpful suggestions.

Sample Child Abuse Prevention Month Proclamation

Invite elected officials to proclaim April as Child Abuse Prevention Month. Proclamation events celebrate childhood while promoting awareness of child abuse and neglect.

Sample News Release

A news release can be sent to media organizations to promote Child Abuse Awareness Month, your local awareness events, or both.

Sample Public Service Announcements

Radio stations love to run public service announcements to build goodwill and fill unsold advertising time. Use these suggestions to make your own spots.