April Declared Child Abuse Prevention Month in Dare County
At the Dare County Board of Commissioners meeting on April 3, 2017 the Board of Commissioners declared April as Child Abuse Prevention Month in Dare County. The declaration calls upon all residents, community agencies, faith groups, medical facilities, elected leaders and businesses to increase their participation in the efforts to support families, thereby preventing child abuse and strengthening the communities in which we live.
A special display, “Because Someone Cared,” will be set up at several locations throughout the county during the month of April to raise awareness about the important role each community member plays in protecting children and strengthening families. The cumulative display of nearly 200 children represents the 419 children in Dare County who received protective services through the Division of Social Services in 2016. This project is made possible by the Dare County Department of Health & Human Services- Division of Social Services, Children and Youth Partnership and other collaborating agencies and organizations that work together throughout the year to make our community a safer and healthier place for children and families.
The display can be seen in Kill Devil Hills on the corner of Croatan Highway and 8th Street, on Hatteras Island at Spa Koru in Avon and in Manteo on the north end of the Roanoke Island COA Campus.
North Carolina has a mandatory reporting law N.C.G.S. - 7B-301 that states that any person who suspects that a child has been abused, neglected or dependent shall report that to the Division of Social Services where that juvenile is found. This law covers children under the age of eighteen, who are not married, emancipated, or in the armed services. The following links may be helpful in determining if you should make a report.
Additional information can be obtained at www.preventchildabuse.org or http://www.child-abuse.com/
You may make a report by calling the Dare County Department of Health & Human Services- Social Services Division at 252.475.5500, 8:30AM-5:00PM, Monday- Friday or by calling 911 if you believe it is an emergency.
The Dare County Department of Health & Human Services provides a broad array of economic and social services aimed at promoting and strengthening family stability and integrity; enhancing the protection and care of children and dependent adults; and assisting all citizens in achieving their highest level of independence. For more information, visit www.darenc.com/hhs or call 252.475.5500.