The MANicure Movement: Polishing Off Child Abuse

Apr 06, 2021 at 11:03 pm by pj

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month – and for the past several years a grassroots effort designed to raise awareness and ignite change has been growing steadily.

In 2017, Embrace Families launched the MANicure MovementSM because one fingernail painted blue can start one conversation that moves us one step closer to ending the tragic reality that one in five children will suffer abuse before the age of 18.

This year, Embrace Families is hosting a series of webinars aimed at prompting further conversations about child abuse as a national health crisis while also preparing parents, educators, first responders and others to identify warning signs that offset childhood trauma.

The first webinar, “Building Resilience,” is Wed., April 7 at 9 a.m. It will focus on identifying childhood trauma and the care that goes into helping young victims begin to heal from these wounds.

Below is a quick synopsis of each one; registration is required. To find more information, including the registration link, interested participants can use this link 

  • Wed., April 7 at 9 a.m.

“Building Resilience” – Warning signs and helping children heal from trauma


  • Wed., April 14 at 3:30 p.m.

“Combatting the Opioid Epidemic” – A law enforcement officer’s approach to hope and healing.

This will be led by Sheriff Dennis Lemma


  • Tues., April 20 at 1 p.m.

“Social Media Safety” – A guide for parents to guard against trafficking, hidden apps and how predators use the web.

This will be led by DCF


  • Tues., April 27 at 1 p.m.

“Lifelong Health” – Discussing the long-term impacts childhood abuse can have