Welcome to the Kankakee County Health Department
APRIL is Child Abuse Prevention Month
Since 1983, when April was designated as Child Abuse Prevention Month, communities across the country have used this month-long observance to increase awareness of child abuse and its prevention. It is a time when individuals, schools, businesses, hospitals, religious organizations, and social service agencies join together to educate everyone about child abuse and neglect prevention.
Recognizing that everyone can participate in helping to strengthen families can have an enormous impact on our children's health and success. Preventing child abuse means setting the stage for healthy, stable families who have the tools they need for nurturing their children. Help your community understand prevention. Support programs and services that help families and children. Be a good neighbor. Offer to baby sit. Donate used children's clothing, furniture and toys for another family. Be kind and supportive to new parents. Respond to families in crisis and link families to needed services and opportunities.
Children are our future and their early years significantly impact their future successes. As citizens we are responsible for ensuring that all parents and families have access to the support, information and services they need to succeed.
To learn more about child abuse prevention and how you can become involved contact Prevent Child Abuse Illinois at 217-552-1129 or visit the Prevent Child Abuse Illinois website at www.preventchildabuseillinois.org.
Click HERE for Illinois statistics from the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.
Child abuse is everyone's business. To report child abuse or neglect call the DCFS hotline at 1-800-25ABUSE (1-800-252-2873). To learn more visit their website at www.state.il.us/dcfs.
The Kankakee County Health Department believes that it is the right of all citizens to have access to a broad continuum of community-based services that protect, maintain and promote the bio-psycho-social health and well-being of the community, and provide a safe and healthy environment.
The department continually assesses the health needs and resources available, promotes development of appropriate needed programs and assures that quality services are acceptable, available, accessible and accountable. These services are delivered in a manner that respects individual and community dignity, values and rights as well as established federal, state and local standards.
Adopted March 6, 1995