Child abuse: Always make the call

Last year, the Hotline received 225,152 reports of alleged child abuse or neglect, compared to 202,493 reports in 2014.

Saline County Judge Todd Lambert, who also spoke to the children, said it's a hard event to speak at year after year, because he has to "relay a lot of bad statistics" that are not showing signs of improvement. The occasion reinforced the importance of individuals and communities working together to keep kids safe and families healthy.

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"Pinwheels will be placed around the town of Madison as a positive reminder that all children deserve great childhoods", Schessler said.

Blair County leaders are encouraging the recognition of April as child abuse prevention month, an effort marked Tuesday with a flag-raising ceremony in front of the courthouse. "Knowing where to get help or support can really make a difference for a parent or caregiver who is struggling", said Lt. Gov. Lynne. And just over half of the children who were reported as abused and neglected were younger than 5. "What we do as a program is recruit and screen and train volunteers to become ready to be the child's advocate". We all have a part to play in protecting them every day.

"I intend to continue all the work he was doing to ... punish those who abuse and neglect children, and protect children who are victims of that abuse".

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Report abuse. If you witness a child being harmed, if a child tells you about abuse, or if you merely suspect abuse, call the CPS hotline at 631-6011 or call 911.

"While the reach of child abuse and neglect in our state is heartbreaking", said Susan Alford, director of SC Social Services, "what we do in response to reduce the risks surrounding children and families is a test of our character and commitment". The hotline is created to provide one statewide, easy-to-remember phone number for reporting suspected child abuse and neglect, 24/7, 365 days a year.

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