MATTOON, IL. -(Effingham Radio)- The public is invited to join the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, Prevent Child Abuse Illinois, other child welfare stakeholders, elected officials and more for a month-long observance to share child abuse and neglect prevention awareness messages and to help promote prevention efforts across the country during Child Abuse Prevention Month in April.
This year’s theme, Supporting Great Childhoods, is a call to action to help prevent child abuse and neglect by providing parents and families with support for children to thrive.
To heighten awareness, Illinois DCFS will host events across the state to mark the occasion.
All events are open to the public.
All Illinoisans are also encouraged to wear blue on April 6th to show support for Child Abuse Prevention Month and add the following hashtags to social media posts: #GreatChildhoods and #GoBlueIllinois.
Kick-off events will be held at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, at 10:00 a.m. on April 3rd, and St. Mary’s Hospital in Decatur on April 4th, also at 10:00 a.m.