The Turn the Town Blue Committee will host a variety of events throughout April in commemoration of Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month.
As part of its annual campaign, the committee asks community members to “Say Something, Do Something for Kids,” by promoting and strengthening child abuse prevention efforts in Wisconsin.
Children raised in loving and supportive environments are more likely to prosper academically and financially, becoming successful, contributing members to society, noted Erin Morey, Outreach Director for the PSN Family Resource Center, part of the Kenosha County Prevention Services Network. Preventing child abuse and neglect results in better childhoods, ultimately saving millions of dollars needed for the services to address the short- and long-term effects of abuse to children.
“Our government dollars are best spent stopping abuse before it starts, rather than responding to the unfortunate aftermath,” said Kenosha County Executive Jim Kreuser. “That’s why I wholeheartedly support the work of the Prevention Services Network and the Turn the Town Blue Committee, and I urge everyone to participate in these programs and think about what they can do to promote prevention of child abuse”
Founded in 2009 to raise awareness and provide tools for building strong families, the Turn the Town Blue Committee includes representatives of various agencies, including the PSN Family Resource Center, Community Impact Programs Inc., the Kenosha County Division of Health and the Kenosha County Division of Children and Family Services.
Other partners include the Kenosha Unified School District, Kenosha Achievement Center-Early Head Start, Kenosha Area Family and Aging Services Inc. and Lutheran Social Services-Stop Child Abuse and Neglect.
“In April we come together to participate in activities that show our commitment to children and families,” Morey said. “It does not matter how big or small your effort. Prevention is about making sure communities know and show that all children deserve great childhoods.”
Events this year include:
For more information about the Turn the Town Blue Committee, call 262-697-4628 or search for “Turn the Town Blue Campaign” on Facebook.