April is National Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month and a time to recognize that together we can help prevent abuse. To bring about a sense of community and raise awareness of this issue, CASA Kane County held its 14th Annual Hands Around the Courthouse event on April 6th, 2017.
The speakers at this events were Chief Judge, Kane County 16th Judicial Circuit, Susan Clany Boles; Presiding Juvenile Division Circuit Judge, Kane County 16th Judicial Circuit, Clint Hull; and CASA Kane County Executive Director, Gloria Bunce.
Participants were asked to join hands for a moment of silence acknowledging local victims of abuse and neglect.
Throughout the month of April, CASA Kane County also draws awareness to this issue by displaying blue pinwheels on the courthouse lawn, representing every child the agency served in the previous year. Last year, 608 children were victims of abuse or neglect, removed from their homes and entered the child welfare system.
If you suspect abuse or neglect, please call 1-800-25-ABUSE