Promoting projects and events across the state each April to prevent child abuse/neglect.



Wear Blue IMG 2399Team PCAND, from left, Tamara, Cyndee, Nicole, Elizabeth, Malinda, Sandra. Jacob and Linda are missing from the group photo.


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Wear Blue Linda R. 29793140 2030617553619317 4802714604589681009 nLinda Reinke checked the forecast and pulled blue wool out of her closet. Temperatures were in the low teens when Linda left Bismarck on MIECHV business. Linda is PCAND's ND Maternal and Child Health Home Visiting Program Director.


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PCAND Program Manager Elizabeth Pihlaja started out the day with a predawn radio interview. She talked to KFGO Morning Crew's Bonnie Amistadi and Doug Leier about Wear Blue Day and how it brings attention to child abuse and neglect prevention efforts. The recording of the interview can be found at


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A special thanks for University of Mary social work intern Maria Heidrich. She created posters about Wear Blue 2018 and then drove around Mandan asking businesses to display the signs. One of those posters inspired Coffee on Cappuccino to offer customers a discount as a way of raising awareness about child abuse prevention. Thank you to all local businesses who have joined in to promote prevention.



Every April is Child Abuse Prevention Month


Child Abuse Prevention (CAP) Month is a time to observe and celebrate the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse and neglect -- and to promote the social and emotional wellbeing of children and families.

PCAND, under the auspices of the ND Department of Human Services, encourages communities to apply for a CAP Month grant beginning in November of each year. Grants support a variety of child abuse and neglect prevention awareness activities.

You can can learn more about CAP Month activities on this page.

PCAND always welcomes your ideas at info @ For more information about CAP Month, contact Sandy Tibke, Executive Director of PCAND, at sandrat @ or 701.223.9052.

Celebrating CAP Month

You are invited to celebrate Child Abuse Prevention Month, whether you are a concerned community member or a CAP Month grantee. In 2015, we put together a resource guide, which includes posters, flyers, drawing contest rules, pinwheel coloring sheets, and suggested family activities.

A number of additional materials, including publications and "cool stuff," are also available to you.


For more information regarding the Child Abuse Prevention Month events, visit our calendar and events pages.


Art Contest Winners 2014

Coloring Winner

Congratulations, Nakia Nelson! Thank you for creating this powerful artwork as a 6th grader at Trinity Christian School in Williams County.

Poster Winner




Congratulations, Kaydance Heller! Thank you for creating this inspiring artwork as a 2nd grader at Lewis & Clark Elementary in Williams County.


Pinwheel Coloring Sheet

How to Make a Pinwheel

Domestic Violence

12 Alternative to Lashing Out At Children

Tip Sheet for Children

Defying Defiance

Handling Resistance



Making Mealtime More Pleasant

Parent Magic!

Rules: What's Fair?

Say What You Mean Mean What You Say


Setting Rules and Consequences with Teens

Sibling Rivalry



The Power of Choice

Time Out!

To Discipline Means to Teach

Winning the Chore War

Kid Wise Positive Communication

Kid Wise Children Can Feel Special

Kid Wise Families Can Be Fun

Kid Wise April is CAP Month

Kid Wise Cabin Fever

Kid Wise CAP Month

Kid Wise Meal Times are Good Times

Kid Wise Why Do Kids Ask Why