Governor Rounds declares April as
Child Abuse Prevention Month
PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Mike Rounds has declared April as Child Abuse Prevention Month in South Dakota to help shed light on an ongoing problem, while encouraging state and community involvement to help break the cycle of abuse.
“Every child is entitled to be safe, secure and cared for, but unfortunately that is not always the case,” Gov. Rounds said. “During this month, and throughout the year we should be vigilant when it comes to the safety and well-being of all children in South Dakota.”
Child Abuse Prevention Month provides an opportunity for communities across the state to work together to keep children safe and provide the support families need to stay together.
Individuals can help prevent child abuse by:
The Department of Social Services is committed to promoting healthy families and safe communities by providing support services for families in need. The Division of Child Protection Services responds to reports of child abuse and neglect, including supporting children and families in situations deemed unsafe for the child.
Note: To view the Governor’s Executive Proclamation, visit http://www.dss.sd.gov/news/2009/capmproclamation.pdf