April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

During the month of April, in honor of National Child Abuse Prevention Month, people across the country come together to raise awareness about child abuse and neglect prevention.  

In 2008, Prevent Child Abuse America introduced the pinwheel as the new national symbol for child abuse prevention through Pinwheels for Prevention®. By its very nature, the pinwheel connotes whimsy and childlike notions. In essence, it has come to serve as the physical embodiment, or reminder, of the great childhoods we want for all children.

Unfortunately, children are sometimes exposed to extreme and sustained stress like child abuse and neglect, which can undermine a child’s development. Research conducted by Prevent Child Abuse America estimates that implementing effective policies and strategies to prevent child abuse and neglect can save taxpayers $80 billion per year. The cost of not doing this is measured in increased costs for foster care services, hospitalization, mental health treatment and law enforcement, as well as loss of individual productivity and expenditures related to chronic health problems, special education and the justice system.

Child & Family Services provides help to children who have been abused and neglected.  Our programs serve more than 20,000 people each year-including children facing some of life’s most distressing challenges. Behind each program are dedicated staff who offer light and guidance to those in need during their darkest hours, in the hope to strengthen them for better times.

However, we simply cannot do it without your help.
By making your generous contribution, YOU can help us save lives.

This month take time to get informed about the ways to prevent child abuse and neglect. Why? Preventing the abuse of children is everyone’s responsibility. 

Pay Attention and Know the Signs

There are four major types of child maltreatment: Neglect, Physical Abuse, Sexual Abuse and Emotional Abuse. Examples of symptoms are listed below:

Neglect: Signs of malnutrition; Poor hygiene; Unattended physical or medical problems

Physical abuse: Unexplained bruises, burns, or welts; Child appears frightened of a parent or caregiver

Sexual abuse: Pain, bleeding, redness, or swelling in anal or genital area; Age-inappropriate sexual play with toys, self, or others; Age-inappropriate knowledge of sex

Emotional abuse: Extremes in behavior, ranging from overly aggressive to overly passive; Delayed physical, emotional, or intellectual development