Topeka – The Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services (SRS)
wants Kansans to know that April is National Child Abuse and Prevention Month.
“Protecting children is SRS’ mission. It is our goal to raise awareness of
this important issue and work with our community partners to engage all Kansans
in ensuring the safety of our children,” said SRS Secretary Don Jordan.
To recognize Child Abuse Prevention month, SRS is joining the Kansas
Children’s Service League (KCSL) for the annual CAPitol Kick-Off Event at the
Kansas State Capitol Complex, 1st Floor Rotunda, in Topeka on March 11th.
Secretary Don Jordan will provide opening remarks at the event and SRS is
sponsoring a legislative page day for youth in the foster care program. Twenty
youth in foster care from across the state will attend the kick-off event and
spend the day acting as pages for legislators.
While protecting children is part of the agency’s mission, preventing child
abuse is everyone’s responsibility. If you suspect a child is being abused or
neglected, please report it to your local SRS office, law enforcement, or call
the SRS 24-hour, toll-free phone number at (800) 922-5330.
Child abuse is any physical injury, physical neglect, emotional injury or
sexual act inflicted upon a child. There are several indicators, including a
child’s behavior, which may indicate that a child has been abused. To learn
more, please visit http://www.srs.ks.gov/agency/cfs/Pages/CFSServices.aspx