April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month.
A time to work together to prevent child abuse and neglect, and to promote the social and emotional well-being of children and families.
In recognition of the 40th anniversary of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act, more needs to be done.
Assistant Wood County Prosecutor Jodie Boylen says anyone can make a referral without fear of retribution. It's kept confidential, no one will ever know – and you can help save a child's life.
“There are just many different things that you can do,” she says. “It can be as easy as going to parent/teacher meetings and meeting the children around you and making them feel happy and healthy and part of a community.”
Boylen says do as little as you want and as much as you want.
Just make a meaningful step. Smile at a child when you get on the street, make that child feel like their self worth is as good as everyone else.