SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii (March 28, 2014) -- Child Abuse Prevention Month, or CAPM, is held each April to increase awareness about the importance of preventing child abuse and neglect.

The observance is also a time to remember those who have suffered, as well as a reminder to continue the important work to help kids and families stay safe and strong.

On March 20, at the School Age Center, here, the children kicked off CAPM with a bubble and pinwheel parade. The parade concluded with Col. Daniel Whitney, commander, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii, signing the CAPM proclamation, while afterwards voicing support for the senior commander's "intent to integrate the community events to the 'Ready and Resilient'" campaign.

Whitney emphasized that Child Abuse Prevention is not a one-month assignment, but a yearlong commitment. The proclamation signing served as a reminder to the community.

Anything that you can do to support kids and parents can help reduce the stress that often leads to child abuse and neglect, Whitney explained.

He said, "Reach out, get involved and lend a hand."

Whitney also encouraged assisting families through the Army's Family Advocacy Program (FAP), a program that enhances Soldiers' and their families' quality of life by offering a variety of seminars, workshops and intervention services.

2014 Child Abuse Prevention Month Activities:
•April 1, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Clothing Swap, ACS Open House, Schofield Barracks; and
•April 26, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Teddy Bear Drive, Windward Mall, Kaneohe.
Army Community Service and its Child, Youth and School Services will be collecting teddy bears for this event.

Child Abuse Prevention Month Information Tables:
•April 3, 9 a.m.-noon, Aliamanu Military Reservation Community Center;
•April 8, 9 a.m.-noon, Wheeler Army Airfield Community Center;
•April 11, noon-3 p.m., Fort Shafter Mini Mart (includes food drive);
•April 14, 9 a.m.-noon, Armed Services YMCA, Wheeler Army Airfield;
•April 16, 9 a.m.-noon, Sgt. Yano Library, Schofield Barracks;
•April 18, 9 a.m.-noon, Schofield Main Exchange;
•April 21, 9 a.m.-11 p.m., Mililani Town Center;
•April 22, 9 a.m.-noon, Helemano Military Reservation Community Center;
•April 23, 9 a.m.-noon, Soldier Support Center, Building 750, Schofield Barracks;
•April 29, 9 a.m.-noon, ASYMCA, Aliamanu Military Reservation; and
•April 30, 8-11 a.m., Schofield Commissary (includes food drive).

For more information on classes and events, call 808-655-4227.