April was first declared Child Abuse Prevention Month by presidential proclamation in 1983. Since then, April has been a time to acknowledge the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse.

The Drew County DHS Division of Children and Family Services points out that there are many forms of child abuse, including educational neglect, medical neglect, physical harm, threat of physical harm and environmental neglect. Some of the factors involving child abuse stem from drug or alcohol use, lack of family support, stress and mental issues. Parents should be aware of these problems and seek help when needed.

Child Abuse is preventable. If you suspect child abuse, contact the Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-482-5964