True to blue Officials strive to raise awareness, prevention of child abuse and neglect during April

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April is Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Officials of Carroll County Job and Family Services (JFS) are planning activities throughout the month to 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 13 to raise awareness of child abuse and neglect prevention.

The annual Pinwheels for Prevention Walk will be held April 16 from 10 a.m. to noon. The walk will begin and end at Carroll County JFS, 95 E. Main St., Carrollton. There will be hot dogs, popcorn, cotton candy, face painting, a bounce house and door prizes at the event.

Pinwheels represent the Statewide Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect and will be placed on display at the top of Public Square. Many children experience abuse or neglect and are unaware their lives can be any different. In 2015, the agency investigated over 250 reports of allegations of abuse or neglect.

“Our goal is that abuse may be reduced by prevention efforts of you, the community and the combined services of counseling agencies, law enforcement, schools and others who have invested their time and efforts into the lives of children,” agency officials stated. “It is the hope of Job and Family Services for children to find stability, safety and happiness in the present which will continue in the future.”

Officials noted, “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. Parenting is 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.”

In 2016, officials want you to hold to the motto, “It takes a village to raise a child.”

Reports can be made by calling 330-627-2571 or visiting the office at 95 E. Main St., Carrollton.

Call the Sheriff’s office at 330-627-2141 after regular business hours.