Make a difference in child abuse prevention

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April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

By The Staff

In 2008, more than 88,292 children across the Commonwealth were reported as abused or neglected to the Cabinet for Health and Family Services.

In Washington County their were 734 reports involving 864 children - 48 reports substantiated and 67 children substantiated. Last year in Kentucky there were 25 children whose death was the result of abuse or neglect.

The Washington County Homemakers Association recognizes this month as an opportunity to raise awareness to the tragedies of child abuse and neglect, in doing so we hope to brighten the future for generations to come.

Each day people make choices that will change the outcome of not only their lives, but the lives of others. For change to happen we must all make choices regarding our everyday actions as part of our community. Experts agree when parents have support from family, friends and neighbors and have access to community resources designed to strengthen families, caregivers are better able to provide safe and stable homes for their children. Some positive choices you can make to support change are:

• Volunteer at an organization providing services to families and help ensure a loving experience everyday so children may grow up healthy and thrive.

• Be an advocate for prevention programs.

• Wear a blue ribbon each day in April to show your support.

• Take a stand against child abuse by raising the issue, reaching out to families in need, recognizing the warning signs of abuse and neglect, remembering the risk factors and reporting suspected child abuse or neglect.

It’s your turn to make a difference - Everyone has a role to play in child abuse prevention. To find out how to get involved in child abuse prevention efforts in the community contact the extension office at 336-7741.

Thank you,

Pat Sutton

Blue Ribbon Campaign Chairman