Child Abuse Prevention Month

-Everyone Can Help Prevent Child Abuse-

In 2007, the New York State Central Registry for Child Abuse and Maltreatment processed 186,098 reports of alleged child abuse and maltreatment in New York State. Last year in Broome County alone there were 2,776 reports investigated by Child Protective Services of alleged child abuse or maltreatment. Approximately 30% of these situations are found to have credible evidence to indicate that there has been child abuse or maltreatment. Child abuse has unfortunately become too common in local news reports.

Each year April is the month designated to bring awareness in communities throughout the United States about the prevention of child abuse. Child abuse is one form of family violence which targets one of the most vulnerable populations in our community: our children. When children experience a lack of attachment to a caring adult, receive inconsistent nurturing, or experience harsh discipline, the long lasting consequences can affect their health, well-being, and relationships with others.

How can any person support child abuse prevention?

• Wear a royal blue ribbon which is the symbol for child abuse prevention.

• Support and participate in parenting education programs in your community.

• Reach out to help parents you know who are experiencing stress.

• Learn to recognize signs of child abuse & neglect.

• Report suspicions of Child Abuse and Maltreatment to the:

NYS Child Abuse Hotline for Abuse & Maltreatment 1–800–342–3720

• Visit the Family Violence Prevention Council's information displays:

March 29 3:00—6:00 – BCC Ice Arena – Binghamton Figure Skating Club Skating Exhibition

April 5 10:00—2:00 – BCC Children's Fair

April- Display Broome County Library