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April 10, 2017 – April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month.  Nevada County Child Protective Services staff believe deeply that every child has the right to a safe and stable childhood, free of abuse and neglect. This month is set aside to recognize the ways we can work together as families, as a community and as a nation to eradicate abuse and neglect of our children.

Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month is an opportunity for all of us to start the conversation in our communities about how we can keep our children safe and provide services to meet their basic needs. We need to ensure all children are heard, valued and appreciated.

Child abuse and neglect is, and always will be, 100% preventable. Nevada County Child Protective Services focuses not only on the safety of the child, but also believes that recognition, prevention and proactive participation in promoting healthy parenting and strong families through education and community support is the best way to interrupt an abusive situation.  Turning words into action by training our neighbors, businesses, schools, friends, and families, about the signs and indicators of child abuse and neglect, our community to make a longstanding and permanent difference in the lives of children in Nevada County. By promoting safety, awareness, education, transparency and dialogue, we can prevent child abuse and neglect from occurring and harming the next generation of Nevada County residents.

For more information please feel free to contact Nevada County Child Protective Services Program Manager, Nicholas Ready, at nicholas.ready@co.nevada.ca.us or (530) 265-1654.