Joining with other organizations throughout South Carolina, Hope Center for Children is a Child Abuse Prevention Month partner with Children’s Trust of South Carolina. Held every April, the awareness month encourages people across South Carolina to help positive childhood experiences take root.

“Now more than ever, our families need us – organizations, governmental agencies, businesses, communities, neighborhoods, faith-based groups and individuals – to join together,” said CEO Vernon Hayes of Hope Center for Children in Spartanburg. “When we support families, we become a stronger, more resilient community, and children grow up happy, healthy and safe.”

What happens in childhood can last a lifetime. We know that childhood adversity can have long-lasting negative health effects into adulthood. Science shows that healthy, happy and thriving children have better odds of becoming healthy and happy adults.

Hope Center for Children is joining prevention partners across the state to show their commitment to preventing child abuse and neglect. Children’s Trust is South Carolina’s prevention leader and the state chapter for Prevent Child Abuse America and supports a network that shares our belief that all children should thrive, live in secure families and be surrounded by supportive communities. “We are proud to be standing with these leaders in our community,” said Hayes. “We ask that everyone join with us to cultivate the relationships, connections and places that help every child thrive. Your support sends a signal that we are united as advocates working toward a common goal of supporting families and children.”

How can you support Child Abuse Prevention?

1. Donate to Hope Center for Children to support local child abuse prevention programming!

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2. On Friday, April 5, 2024, dress in blue to stand in solidarity with child abuse prevention efforts. Share your photo on social media with hashtag #WearBlueDay2024 to join the nationwide wave of support.

3. Also on Friday, April 5, 2024, join Hope Center for Children at First Friday on Morgan Square, hosted by the City of Spartanburg, for a family-friendly movie. Enjoy our pinwheel garden and free popcorn, and learn how you can help prevent child abuse as part of our community!

4. Advocate with your Congress person for increased funding for child abuse prevention programs. Here’s how to take action.

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