Sample News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact (Insert Date) (insert your name) (insert your phone #)

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month
(or insert headline that fits the event your organization is sponsoring)

(City), Texas — Nearly 200,000 Texas children are reported as abused or neglected every year, according to Child Protective Services, a division of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. April is child abuse prevention month in Texas and in the nation. (Or insert a sentence that highlights the event you have to prevent child abuse. Make sure you include the time, date, and location of the event somewhere in the release.)

"It's a time to focus on ways not only to protect children but also to prevent abuse from ever occurring," said (your spokesperson's name, title). "This is our opportunity to make a difference in young lives."

Neglect is the most frequent form of child abuse, according to the state agency charged with protecting children.

"Yes, children die simply because they're put in situations where they are not supervised," said (your spokesperson's name, title). "But parent's are not alone."

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) for more information.

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 Letter to the Editor

Write your local newspaper to encourage your community to prevent child abuse and neglect. Newspapers welcome the opportunity to be a voice for good, either through their letters sections or through guest editorials.

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.