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Help end child abuse and neglect
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April is observed nationally as Child Abuse Prevention Month, which has been observed since its first presidential proclamation in 1983. Since then, individuals and organizations throughout the country, including in our community, have joined together to raise awareness of child abuse and its prevention.

The most recent Wisconsin statistics indicate there were more than 40,917 reported cases of child abuse and neglect in 2005 - and we know there are a great number of cases that are never reported. Child abuse and neglect takes many forms, and its effects are devastating to the child and family, as well as society as a whole.

Lafayette County Human Services in Darlington is asking that all community members make a commitment to end child abuse and neglect. Children need adults to prevent child abuse and neglect. There are many things we can do.

Show children you care about them.

Wear a blue ribbon to show your support of children and child abuse prevention.

Volunteer to watch a stressed parent's child while they take some time to relax or get some work done.

Provide groups you are a part of with information about child abuse and neglect.

Find people who can support you as a parent and talk to them when you are feeling stressed.

Advocate for improved policies and services for families.

Get involved with local child welfare organizations.

Each of us can make a difference for children in our community. By working together we can ensure that our children grow up safe and nurtured. For more information on how you can help prevent child abuse and neglect, contact Lafayette County Human Services (608) 776-4800, or visit