April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

By LEE ANN MARTIN, family services manager

Pulaski County Department of Social Services


Pulaski County Department of Social Services would like to raise awareness about the role everyone can play in valuing children and strengthening their families.

Thousands of Virginia children suffer abuse and/or neglect every year. In Fiscal Year 2013 (July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013), there were 51,346 children reported as possible victims of child abuse and/or neglect in 33,861 completed reports. The Virginia Department of Social Services found that 6,205 children were maltreated.

In addition, 36,293 children were involved in reports that received a Family Assessment. This means that Child Protective Services workers completed a family services need assessment with these families, developed a written safety plan if needed and provided or arranged services, if needed.

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