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Key Agencies Team Up to Keep Kids SAFE AT HOME™

Springfield, Illinois - April 1, 2004 - To launch the April observance of Child Abuse Prevention Month, Prevent Child Abuse Illinois and the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) are "Teaming up to keep kids…Safe at Home", with several key agencies across the state. An awards presentation and media conference will be held on Thursday, April 1, beginning at 9 a.m. at the State Capitol Building, Springfield.

"Child abuse and neglect continues to be a serious problem for our nation and the state of Illinois," said Roy Harley, Prevent Child Abuse Illinois executive director. "Although we have seen some improvements in recent years, the numbers of children abused or neglected by their caretakers is tragically high. Child Abuse Prevention Month is an important time to focus public attention and energies on the tragedy of child abuse and the clear need to find ways to prevent it," he explained.

  • This event is not only designed to raise awareness of child abuse prevention, but to also present six community programs with the 2004 Program Excellence Award, and to recognize a Community Blue Ribbon Campaign. .DCFS Director Brian Samuels and Prevent Child Abuse Illinois Program Director Mary Salisbury will honor the following programs for showing excellence in preventing child abuse and improving the well-being of children and families.

  • Crisis Nursery, Urbana
  • Fayette County Health Department Healthy Families Program, Vandalia
  • Greater DuPage MYM, Glen Ellyn
  • Joliet township High School Infant Childcare Center, Joliet
  • Parent Education Program, Community Counseling Centers of Chicago
  • Provena Behavioral Health Healthy Families Program, Champaign

In addition, the Girl Scouts Service Unit 660, Illinois Crossroads Council,Schaumburg will be recognized for its community work to raise awareness during Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Prevent Child Abuse Illinois is a statewide organization focused exclusively on the Prevention of child abuse and neglect. Since its founding in 1990, the organization has worked to accomplish this mission through public awareness, community and parent education, volunteer and professional training, technical assistance, and community prevention services. To learn more about child abuse prevention, visit www.preventchildabuseillinois.org.

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Jill Manuel
Illinois Department of Children and Family Services
312-814-6847

Roy Harley or Mary Salisbury
Prevent Child Abuse Illinois
217-522-1129 or 217-899-4654 (cell)

 

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