Raising awareness about child abuse prevention

During the past fiscal year, 1,349 children in North Dakota were the victims of child abuse or neglect, reports the North Dakota Department of Human Services.

It is known that early childhood experiences can have long-term impacts on children.

Now to raise awareness in communities and with individuals so they can help support strong and stable families, Gov. Doug Burgum has proclaimed April as Child Abuse Prevention Month in North Dakota.

During this month, N.D. Department of Human Services and Prevent Child Abuse North Dakota has joined up with organizations in Minot and communities across the state in sponsoring local events and activities to support families and raise the awareness about prevention.

“We encourage families and community members to enjoy time together and participate in these family-friendly activities in their community,” Dan Halverson, Prevent Child Abuse North Dakota executive director, says about these plans.

N.D. Department of Human Services has noted Minot area families will be able to take part in a family movie and Make and Take Event at Oak Park Theater, where the film “Inside Out” will be featured but details of the event have not been finalized yet.

Bismarck, Bowman, Fargo-Moorhead and Grand Forks are among other communities planning events.

We agree with Dan Halverson and his organization that there are many opportunities this month to learn more about creating positive early childhoods for children in this state. Communities and individuals are encouraged to continue opportunities throughout the year.


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