April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. This month and throughout the year, Wake County encourages all individuals and organizations to play a role in making our community a better place for children and families. By ensuring that parents have the knowledge, skills, and resources they need to care for their children, we can help promote children’s social and emotional well-being and prevent child maltreatment within families and communities.

Research shows that when parents possess six protective factors, the risk for neglect and abuse diminish and optimal outcomes for children, youth, and families are promoted. The six protective factors are:

  • Nurturing and attachment
  • Knowledge of parenting and of child and youth development
  • Parental resilience
  • Social connections
  • Concrete supports for parents
  • Social and emotional developmental well-being​

Child Abuse Prevention Resources

2013 Resource Guide for Preventing Child Maltreatment & Promoting Well-being

Keeping Your Family Strong

Bonding With Your Baby

Dealing With Temper Tantrums

Parenting Your School-Age Child

Connecting With Your Teen

Teen Parents ... You're Not Alone!

Ten Ways to Be a Better Dad

Raising Your Grandchildren

Military Families

How to Develop Strong Communities

Parenting Your Child With Developmental Delays and Disabilities

Managing Stress

Managing Your Finances

Helping Your Child Heal From Trauma  


If you suspect a child has been abused, neglected or become dependent, please call our Report Line at 919-212-7990 (English) or 919-212-7963 (Spanish).