The Prevention of Child Abuse is the National Project of the National Exchange Club.
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Colonial Flag Foundation has joined forces with the National Exchange Club Foundation to help end child abuse. Each year approximately 3 million children are reported as abused in the U.S. – sadly, that number is growing.
With the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic spreading around the world, identifying and rescuing abused children has become critical. Child abuse prevention needs support NOW more than ever. Abused children may not be identified since schools, churches and other community support locations are closed. They may be trapped with their abusers due to social distancing along with shelter in place that creates increased tensions and abuse.
Virtual Healing Field® Flag Display Program
Beginning on April 1st through April 30th, 2020 Colonial Flag Foundation along with its partner the National Exchange Club Foundation will launch a national effort against child abuse. The 2nd Annual Virtual Healing Field® Flag Display allows individuals across the country to stand together in a united effort against child abuse.
For a $10.00 donation, individuals, churches, businesses and organizations can post a flag on a Virtual Map dedicated to ending child abuse. Sponsored flags will be flown on our Virtual Map to raise funds while at the same time inspiring others and showing support in ending child abuse. Flags may be posted “in memory of” someone and may include a short bio or a short message.
Watch our virtual flag postings fill the virtual map as individuals, communities and organizations across this great nation unite to end child abuse.
About National Exchange Club Foundation
Child Abuse Prevention is a National Project of the National Exchange Club to raise awareness for the magnitude of this tragedy while raising funds to develop and support programs to break the cycle of abuse.
This April, the impact of Prevention of Child Abuse has taken on an even greater meaning. With many parents, and other caretakers working from home or losing a job and homeschooling children, the added stress can increase the number of children at risk. When people are stressed, as many are this specific time of “shelter in place”, it intensifies the possibility of abuse. Right now, the National Exchange Club Parent Aide Model is even more essential.
Unexplained burns, cuts, bruises or welts, bite marks, swollen or tender limbs, long sleeves worn to hide injures, anti-social, behavior, problems in school and fear of adults.
Hostility or stress
Inappropriate interest in or Knowledge of sexual acts, nightmares and bed wetting, soiling, dramatic changes in appetite or behavior, over compliance or excessive aggression, fear of a particular person or family member and expression of suicidal thoughts or desires.
Unsuitable clothing for weather
Dirty or un-bathed
Lack of parental supervision
Protect your child, every child
How to respond to disclosure of child abuse
In The News
Parents in need of talk support can call the National Parent Helpline at 1-855-427-2736 or the Child Help National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-4-A-CHILD. To report child abuse or neglect, contact law enforcement or child protective services in your county.
Supporting Families During COVID-19
Types of Child Abuse: