Strengthening Families Month 2020 UPDATE
Due to COVID-19, April is going to look a little different this year. Please see Public Health in the 406 for updates and recommendations. As the CDC is recommending social distancing, it is more important than ever to reach out to each other and connect, even if it's only virtual. We will be updating our Facebook page and website with ideas and tips to stay connected while also staying safe.
April is Strengthening Families Month. Join us to promote the safety and well-being of Montana's kids and the value of child abuse prevention. Programs throughout Montana are hosting activities to help strengthen families during the month of April. Participate in a statewide call on February 17 to hear what events are happening across the state and find out how you can get involved in your area. Contact Amber Barnes to request the invite for the Zoom call.
Please fill out the form at the bottom of the page if your organization would like to receive free promotional materials to support Strengthening Families Month activities.
- NOTE: This can still be done from home! Go Blue Every Monday! Show your support of Montana families and prevention work by wearing blue throughout April! Share your selfies on our Facebook page using #GOBLUE! Come up with unique ways to show your support while keeping distance.
- Volunteer to plant Pinwheels For Prevention around the Capitol Building lawn - This event has been canceled
- Nominate a champion of Montana's children and families for a Montana Children's Trust Fund Award by February 20.
- Attend the Reading and Resource Fair event at the State Capitol Building Rotunda. This event has been cancelled. Make your own fun at home reading with your kids. Dress up as different characters from the book you are reading to make it more fun!
- Pinwheel Coloring Sheet: Post these in your windows and encourage your community to do the same. Challenge kids in the community to find all the pinwheels that are in windows in the community either while driving or taking a walk.
- Attend the Child Abuse & Neglect Conference in Missoula, March 31 - April 2. Information about registration and the agenda can be found here. This event has been cancelled. Please check out the resources on our Resources page for ways to keep this important conversation going.
- Follow Montana Children's Trust Fund on Facebook. We will be posting ideas to connect virtually, encouragement, tips for staying healthy and more throughout this uncertain time.
- Encourage your church to participate in Blue Sunday on April 26, 2020. As most churches have suspended services or are hosting virtual services, you can still encourage your church to come up with unique ways to participate virtually. Activities could include:
- Include Blue Sunday in your service with a theme of strengthening families to honor victims of child abuse and neglect and those who protect them. If your church has suspended service, ask if there is a possibility of having virtual service to stay connected.
- Take up a collection for CTF to help strengthen families across Montana.
- Make and display blue pinwheels, the symbol of a happy childhood, at your church or throughout your community.
- Post a calendar of family-friendly activities available in your community.
- Host a get-together for local families. You could still host a virtual event such as a Facebook cafe, fun ideas for families at home, or live streaming uplifting videos.
- Train staff and volunteers how to prevent, recognize, and report child abuse and neglect. Contact us for information regarding trainers in your community.
- Register with CarePortal to connect children and families in your community to their needs.
- Visit the National Child Abuse Prevention Month website to find useful resources:
- 2020 Prevention Resource Guide: Strong and Thriving Families - learn how to strengthen families using the Protective Factors
- Tip sheets- give to parents and caregivers.
- View the prevention multimedia gallery, which features the "Building Community, Building Hope" series. Share the videos via email and social media to raise awareness among your networks.
- Help raise public awareness about child abuse prevention and child well-being in your community. Spread the word, create interest, and urge those in your network to get involved! These outreach tools can support your outreach and social media. activities
Promotional Materials Request Form:
Note: By submitting a request, you agree to share your event and/or Go Blue photos with the MT Children's Trust Fund as well as post them on Facebook using #GoBlue for #StrongFamilies and #SafeKids and tagging MT Children's Trust Fund @mtchildrenstrust. If you receive pinwheels, you also agree to post signage stating the pinwheels are sponsored by MT Children's Trust Fund and Blue Cross Blue Shield of MT. Please note: as many events are cancelled across the state due to CDC recommendations, promotional materials may still be requested if there is a way to safely distribute them to families. Please contact us if you have any questions.