National Day of Hope®


Started by Childhelp (then known as Childhelp USA), a non-profit group that fights against child abuse, National Day of Hope "encourages people across the nation to take time to say a prayer and observe a moment of silence in remembrance of the children who die every day from abuse and neglect." After the day's creation, Congress passed a joint resolution in support of it. Beyond commending Childhelp for creating the day and supporting their goals for the day, the resolution said "all Americans should seek to break this cycle of abuse and neglect, and give your children hope for the future," and that "the faith community, nonprofit organizations, and volunteers across America should recommit themselves and mobilize their resources to assist these children." The day takes place during National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Besides saying a prayer on the day and having a moment of silence, observants often light a five-wicked Childhelp candle, which symbolizes the almost five children that lose their lives each day from abuse and neglect in the United States. Lighting a candle also symbolizes the "burning commitment to ending abuse." There is a Congressional luncheon held each April near the date of the holiday that is hosted by Childhelp, where ideas are shared about how to prevent child abuse. It is attended by advocates, community members, and lawmakers.

National Day of Hope®, also known as Childhelp Day of Hope and Childhelp National Day of Hope, is observed next on Wednesday, April 1st, 2020. It has been observed the first Wednesday in April since 1999.

How to Observe

The day can be observed by saying a prayer, by having a moment of silence, or by lighting a candle. But, perhaps the best way to observe the day is to directly do your part to prevent child abuse and neglect. You could volunteer for or donate to Childhelp. You could also find out more ways to prevent child abuse and neglect by reading information provided by the United States government on the Child Welfare Information Gateway website.

Occurrence Patterns

ObservedFirst YearLast Year
the first Wednesday in April1999-



Alternate Names

  • Childhelp Day of Hope

  • Childhelp National Day of Hope


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