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Advocates, Attorneys and Foster Child Lawyers Support National Child Abuse Prevention Month

April 20th, 2013   No Comments   Abuse, Advocacy

It’s important that we all know that April is National Child Abuse Prevention month. People need to be made aware of the plight of Florida’s and America’s abused and neglected children, including foster care kids or just those at-risk. The unsettling point, though, is that we need such a month to stop these despicable and preventable acts.

Thousands of children throughout Florida are abused – and some are killed – at the hands of adults. It’s our responsibility to be the community that helps care for and protect these children.

It’s not just the right thing to do. It’s every Floridian’s responsibility to protect our children from abuse and harm. If you witness or suspect child abuse, it’s your legal obligation to stop it or report it to authorities.Florida law requires that any individual who suspects that a child has been abused by any person to report that to the Florida Abuse Hotline.

The Florida Department of Children and Families investigates all allegations of abuse or neglect of a child by a caregiver. Allegations of child abuse by someone other than a caregiver that are reported to the hotline will be immediately electronically transferred to the appropriate local law enforcement agency where the child lives.

Please note: Penalties for those who suspect a child is being abused but fail to report it have been increased from a misdemeanor to a felony. Violators could be fined as well.

If you suspect or know of any child who is being harmed, abused or neglected, call the Florida Abuse Hotline 1-800-962-2873. If you see a child in immediate danger, call 911. To learn more, visit the Florida Child Abuse Hotline. Nationally, the Department of Health and Human Services operates ChildWelfare.gov, or call Childhelp at 1-800-422-4453.

Though April is National Child Abuse Prevention month, let’s promise to treat every month as if it were National Child Abuse Prevention Month. The lives of society’s most vulnerable citizens depend on it.

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