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 15th Annual Hands Around the Courthouse event on April 5th, 2018.
The speakers at this event were President and CEO of Prevent Child Abuse America, Dan Duffy; Honorable Chief Judge, Kane County 16th Judicial Circuit, Susan Clancy Boles; Honorable Abuse and Neglect Judge, Kane County 16th Judicial Circuit, Linda Abrahamson; and CASA Kane County Executive Director, Gloria Kelley.
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, 607 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