April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is Child Abuse Prevention month.

In Indiana alone, 25,000 substantiated cases of child neglect and abuse were investigated in 2008. During National Child Abuse Prevention month, Prevent Child Abuse Indiana and Prevent Child Abuse Starke County are raising the awareness of this issue, while providing educational opportunities to help change the way we value and support the well-being of our children and families.

In a 2007 report, Prevent Child Abuse America estimates the annual cost of child abuse and neglect to be over $100 billion. This includes the cost of criminal justice, hospitalization, mental health services, juvenile delinquency, child welfare and lost productivity.

For more information on how you can help, call the Starke County Prevent Child Abuse Council at (574) 772-3331.