Step Up for Kids

Step Up for Kids

578 shoes are placed on the Grand Staircase to represent the average number of confirmed cases of child abuse per week in Massachusetts.

Each April for the past 15 years, the Children’s Trust has been hosting “Step Up for Kids” events at the Massachusetts State House and Pittsfield City Hall to formally proclaim April as Child Abuse Prevention Month. The event includes a dramatic display of children’s shoes representing the number of confirmed cases of abuse and neglect across the state.

This year, we are unable to gather in person, but we are encouraging our supporters to come together online to show our community’s commitment and dedication to this issue.

Join us virtually on Friday, April 17 to help stop child abuse.

How you can participate:

  1. RSVP. Join our Facebook event to stay up to date and receive more information.
  2. Share Graphics. Share the below #StepUp4Kids graphics on your social media channels to help raise awareness.
  3. Create a Facebook Fundraiser. Let people know you’re participating in #StepUp4Kids, why this mission matters to you, and ask friends and family to join you by making a donation. 
  4. Make a Donation. Don’t want to create a fundraiser? You can make an impact by donating directly to our programs. 
  5. Show us your why! Use #StepUp4Kids on social media to share photos and your reason for stepping up for kids this April.

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Your Impact:

Child welfare concerns increase in times of stress, and even more so with school and daycare closures and social distancing. Many of the families who participate in Children’s Trust programs need our help more than ever.

Even in these challenging times, together, we can stop child abuse and neglect in Massachusetts.