Today, in acknowledgement of Child Abuse Prevention Month, members of the Wolf Administration joined commonwealth representatives and community advocacy groups at the annual Child Abuse Prevention Month Legislature Breakfast, hosted by Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance. The theme of this year’s event is “Celebrating Our Partners for Change” to acknowledge the profound efforts improving the lives and safety of Pennsylvania’s children.
“All of us have an obligation to provide children with a sense of safety and security as they grow into adults,” said DHS Secretary Ted Dallas. “It will take all of us working together to successfully keep kids safe.”
The Department of Human Services (DHS) believes that protecting Pennsylvania’s children from abuse and neglect is a vitally important responsibility. The cause unites lawmakers, community partners, the child protective services system, citizens, and families to provide a safe environment for children throughout Pennsylvania.
In partnership with counties, schools, and community organizations, the department is promoting evidence-based programs that give parents the skills and supports, both formal and informal, that they need to prevent child abuse and neglect. By working together and relying on natural supports like family members and neighbors, we can improve outcomes for families and protect our children.
During the month of April, DHS headquarters will display the Children’s Memorial Flag in honor of children who have died as a result of child abuse or neglect. The department encourages all Pennsylvanians to wear or display blue ribbons as a way to signify the importance of child abuse prevention. For other events around Child Abuse Prevention Month, visit www.pa-fsa.org/Calendar.
“Keeping children safe is a critical part of our mission at DHS,” said Secretary Dallas. “We must be the voice of those who cannot speak for themselves and Pennsylvania’s children need us to do everything we can to protect them today and in the future.”
To report suspected child abuse or neglect, DHS offers an around-the-clock, toll-free hotline, ChildLine (1-800-932-0313). For more information on critical components impacting child protection, visit www.KeepKidsSafe.pa.gov.