4/28/2017 5:37:16 PM
In recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month, the community is invited to an Education and Awareness Step Show at The Life Center Cathedral starting at 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 29, 2017, at the church, 7190 Cross County Road, N. Charleston SC 29418. Step teams will compete while DSS staff provides information on how to become a foster parent.
The event is to acknowledge the importance of the North Charleston community in working together to prevent child abuse and neglect and to draw attention to effective solutions for prevention.
The South Carolina Department of Social Services (DSS) joins with other organizations across the state and supports the efforts of our prevention partner, Children’s Trust of South Carolina, the state’s affiliate organization for Prevent Child Abuse America.
"While the reach of child abuse and neglect in our state is heartbreaking, as it violates our collective beliefs around protecting our children and keeping our communities safe, what we do in response to reduce the risks surrounding children and families is a test of our character and commitment," said Susan Alford, director of the S.C. Department of Social Services. "DSS is thankful for the support of children's services agencies, child advocates, the faith-based community, the legislature, the courts, law enforcement, and others for their role in developing and strengthening the safety net for children in South Carolina. Protecting our state's most precious citizens and preventing child abuse cannot be accomplished alone but will only be achieved when the entire community is relentless in its advocacy on behalf of children."
From June 2015 to June 2016, there were 43,924 reports (intakes) of child abuse and neglect in South Carolina. Of those reported, approximately 25,000 child protective services cases were investigated and abuse was found in more than 10,000 of those cases.
Children’s Trust CEO Sue Williams commended Charleston County DSS staff and The Life Center Cathedral for their role in preventing child abuse.
“Their commitment sends a signal we are united as strong, passionate, statewide advocates for preventing child abuse and neglect,” Williams said. “No single public agency or community organization can do this alone.”
Child Abuse Prevention Month is a time to celebrate the good things our communities do to support stronger families and healthy children. Everyone – individuals, families and communities – must work together to prevent child abuse.
When people see a pinwheel or a pinwheel garden planted in front of a home, business, church, school, or agency in April, they should know the pinwheel, the national symbol of child abuse prevention, represents the happy, healthy childhood every child deserves.
Prevent Child Abuse America is focusing on three simple actions that people can take to help prevent child abuse:
1. Mentor a child or parent,
2. Advocate for family-friendly policies, and
3. Donate to a child-serving organization.
To report abuse or neglect contact, your local DSS office https://dss.sc.gov/contact or law enforcement officials.
For more information on this event, contact Shamon Smith at (843) 425-8227.
To learn more about Child Abuse Prevention, please visit www.scChildren.org/cap-month or www.dss.sc.gov.