Three Ways to Safeguard Children During National Child Abuse Prevention Month

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 Three Ways to Safeguard Children During National Child Abuse Prevention Month

This April, in recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month, the City of Alexandria is offering free child abuse prevention activities sponsored by the Center for Alexandria’s Children, the Department of Community and Human Services, the Alexandria Police Department and the Alexandria Sheriff’s Office.

City staff will provide families with SafeAssured child ID kits on three Saturdays, including April 6 at Cora Kelley Recreation Center, April 13 at William Ramsey Recreation Center and April 27 at Charles Houston Recreation Center, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. SafeAssured kits provide families with information needed by law enforcement and media to broadcast information unique to a missing child.

The Center for Alexandria’s Children will offer free training in Stewards of Children, a program that teaches parents and caregivers to prevent, recognize and respond to child sexual abuse. Friday, April 19 and Tuesday, April 30 from 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. at 1900 N. Beauregard St., Suite 200. On-site childcare and pizza for the kids provided. Register at:

The popular playgroup program for ages 0-5 will be expanded to a playgroup a day during April. Playgroups focus on learning through play, and the key role parents play in their child’s development. See a listing of playgroups at

Last year, 49,619 children in Virginia were reported as possible victims of abuse and/or neglect. Of them, 6,116 cases were founded. Thirty Virginia children died from abuse, and 26 were under age 4. “National tragedies such as Sandy Hook and the Penn State scandal remind us of our children’s vulnerability,” Center for Alexandria’s Children Executive Director Giselle Pelaez said. “We can stop child abuse and neglect by educating our community in ways to keep our children safe, teaching children important safety tips and helping parents and caregivers create conversations with their children.”

For more information, contact Jennifer Cann, DCHS Child Protective Services Program Manager, at or 703.746.5767, or Kim Turpin Davis, Board Chair of Communications for the Center for Alexandria's Children, at or 703.549.3741.

The City of Alexandria is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended. To request a reasonable accommodation, e-mail Maurice Tomdio at or call 571.384.5244.