April is National Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month

Every thirty minutes, one child is abused or neglected in Ohio

OHIO VALLEY — April is Child Abuse and Child Neglect Prevention Month, and the Southeast Ohio Regional Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Council is encouraging all residents of Southeast Ohio to participate in the statewide social media campaign, #inthenext30minutes.

Throughout the month of April all Ohioans are encouraged to post on social media what they can do #inthenext30minutes to help prevent child abuse and neglect, and tag @OhioCTF. This is a crucial time to remember that we all serve an active role in making our communities a safe place for children and families, and joining the cause on social media is a great way for everyone to show their support for child abuse and neglect prevention.

To report suspected child abuse or neglect in Ohio call 1-855-O-H-CHILD, 1-855-642-4453. The number is toll-free, and reports can be made anonymously. For more information about child abuse prevention programs and activities in the state visit www.jfs.ohio.gov/octf.

The Ohio Children’s Trust Fund is the state’s sole public funding source dedicated to preventing abuse and neglect. Housed within the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, the Ohio Children’s Trust Fund works with its 88 county partners to serve all of Ohio communities.

Every thirty minutes, one child is abused or neglected in Ohio