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Newsroom April is Child Abuse Prevention Month
4/3/2007

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, a month set aside to inform Kansans of what they can do to prevent child abuse and neglect in their communities.


“To protect children,” are the first words of the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services (SRS) mission statement, and this responsibility is taken very seriously. In the last six months, SRS has received 26,191 reports of suspected child abuse or neglect and over 100 investigations are initiated each work day. 


“Kansas children need to be safe from child abuse and neglect, said SRS Secretary Don Jordan. This responsibility cannot be managed by SRS alone. A collaborate effort is needed to focus on the prevention of child abuse and neglect. The public plays a very important role in the protection of children.”


SRS uses many approaches to combat child abuse including prevention, assessment, investigation, prosecution, and treatment activities. SRS values the importance of families in the lives of children and provides services to families to keep their children in the home when it can be done safely. Community partners are vital to creating a safe environment for children in their homes or when necessary, in an alternative placement. 


To learn more about the signs of abuse and neglect and ways you can help prevent it, visit www.srs.ks.gov. 


Awareness and community building activities are taking place across the state throughout the month of April. For event locations and times, please visit www.kcsl.org


To report concerns of child abuse or neglect in the state of Kansas, please call 1-800-922-5330. The Kansas Protection Report Center is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Every call is taken seriously and every effort will be made to protect the caller’s identity.