April Is Child Abuse Prevention Month


Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano announced that Children’s Protective Services (CPS), a division of the Nassau County Department of Social Services (DSS), in partnership with Girl Scout Troop 1011, recently decorated the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building in Mineola with pinwheels in recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month. Pinwheels have become a national symbol intended to raise public awareness of child abuse and neglect.

Child abuse and neglect happens at every socio-economic level, across all ethnicities and religions and levels of education. Public awareness is critical to strengthening families and reducing instances of maltreatment. In 2013, Nassau County’s Child Protective Services received and investigated 6,999 reports of suspected child abuse and neglect. In 2014, CPS received 6,229 reports, a decrease of 11 percent.
Mangano stated, “We have an obligation to ensure that children are protected and safe. Getting the word out that services are available to children and families who are having difficulty coping can help end child abuse and neglect.”

If you know a child who may be abused or neglected, you can call the New York State Central Registry toll free at 1-800-342-3720. Calls made by non-mandated reporters can be anonymous. In situations of imminent danger, dial 911.

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Elizabeth Johnson is former editor of Manhasset Press and Manhasset Press Magazine. Growing up in nearby Garden City and attending New York University, she is well-versed in the locale and knowledgeable about the beat she covers. Her community involvement is extensive and includes the Manhasset SCA, Kiwanis International, Manhasset Chamber of Commerce, St. Mary’s Church, and various civic and local charitable organizations. Curious by nature, her travels, community service, love of the arts as well as local sports give her the inside view to unique content. During her time at Anton, she has received several awards from the New York Press Association and the Press Club of LI, including the coveted "Best Community Newspaper" several years in a row.


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