April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

CARROLL COUNTY – In conjunction with “April is Child Abuse Prevention Month,” Carroll County Job and Family Services (JFS) is planning activities throughout the month.

The activities promote awareness of the growing need for intervention and to alert the public of what they can do to help stop the cycle of abuse.

The community is encouraged to wear blue April 11 to raise awareness of child abuse and neglect prevention.

The annual Child Abuse Prevention Walk will take place April 14 from 10 a.m. to noon. This year’s theme is “Be a 30 Minute Hero: Be a hero to a child in need by picking your superpower: Support, Volunteer, Mentor or Donate.

The walk will begin and end at the Carroll County JFS building, 95 E. Main St., Carrollton. Hot dogs, popcorn and cotton candy will be served. A bounce house will be on site and door prizes given away.

Many children experience abuse or neglect and are unaware their lives can be any different. In 2017, the agency investigated over 197 reports of allegations of abuse or neglect. The agency’s goal is that abuse be reduced by prevention efforts of individuals, the community and the combined services of counseling agencies, law enforcement, schools and others who invest their time and effort into the lives of children.

“It is the hope of Job and Family Services that children find stability, safety and happiness in the present which continues in the future. It is so easy in a generation of email, cell phones and social networking to lose sight of what it means to be an involved member of your community,” agency officials stated. “Parenting is such an important yet difficult job. If communities can come back together to help each other on a personal level, it will provide for a better future for our children as well as our society.”

The agency encourages the public to do their part to provide a child with the life they deserve. One option is to become a foster parent. Often families need help caring for their children while they focus on bettering themselves.

To learn more about becoming a foster parent or to make a report of abuse and/or neglect, call 330-627-2571.

Reports can be made after regular work hours by the calling the Sheriff’s office at 330-627-2141.

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