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Indiana Department of Child Services

Indiana Department of Child Services

DCS  > Contact Us > Child Abuse Hotline > Prevent Child Abuse Awareness Month Prevent Child Abuse Awareness Month

April is Prevent Child Abuse Awareness Month

 

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Child abuse and neglect affects children of every age, gender, race, and income level. As a community, Indiana has a responsibility to help every child reach their full potential.

 

April is Prevent Child Abuse Awareness Month and is a time for families and communities to come together, honor the children affected by abuse and neglect, and raise awareness of resources and programs of prevention.

Report Child Abuse or Neglect  1-800-800-5556

Prevent Child Abuse Awareness Events/Activities

DCS and our partners will host local Prevent Child Abuse Awareness Events/Activities across Indiana. Click on the map below to find an event in your area. Please note, this map will be updated with additional events as they become available throughout the month.

Click on “View larger map” bracket, top right of map, to open the map. If you have any trouble viewing the map, try using a different browser (such as Google Chrome) or click here .

 

Risk Factors that contribute to abuse and neglect of children:

  • Immaturity of Parent
  • Unrealistic Parenting Expectations
  • Lack of Understanding of Child Development
  • Stress
  • Substance Abuse
  • Isolation
  • Patterns of Abuse or Neglect

DCS Prevention Programs

Healthy Families Indiana is a voluntary home visitation program designed to promote healthy families and healthy children through a variety of services, including child development, access to health care and parent education.

Community Partners for Child Safety is a statewide prevention program. It is designed to strengthen the family unit and build support services. It is voluntary, free, and home-based service to connect families with resources.

Youth Service Bureaus (YSB) and Safe Place provide a variety of programs aimed at preventing delinquent behavior in teenagers.

 

 

Other Resources

 

 

Children’s Mental Health Initiative allows families access to needed services so that children do not enter the child welfare or probation system for the sole purpose of accessing mental health assistance.

Kids First Trust Fund is a funding resource to promote the health of children and reduce infant mortality by funding programs which prevent child abuse and neglect.

How can you help prevent abuse and neglect?

  • If you suspect abuse or neglect, please call the Indiana Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline at 1-800-800-5556.
  • Reach out to parents that you know and offer a hand or emotional support.
  • Volunteer time to programs that help parents.
  • Let all of the children in your life know that that they can depend on you.
  • Advocate for community services to help families.
  • Report suspected child abuse or neglect.
  • Consider becoming a foster parent.

    About Our Partners

    Prevent Child Abuse Indiana is dedicated to preventing child abuse and neglect, and is committed to making Indiana a better, safer place for Indiana’s most precious resources – our children.

    Indiana Child Advocates Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) volunteers are carefully trained, appointed by the court and supported by program staff so they can advocate for the child’s best interests and help them have a safe and permanent home as soon as possible.

    Child Abuse Awareness Links: