April is Child Abuse Prevention Month in Illinois. Organizers kicked off the month with a presentation in Chicago recognizing three child abuse prevention organizations. Winners of the Child Abuse Prevention Community Campaign Award are Blue Kids Lake County, Kappa Delta/Eta Beta Sorority at Bradley University and the Madison County Child Advocacy Center.
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Sally Foster helped create Blue Kids Lake County, a visual awareness and online campaign. “We’re also doing social media,” Foster said. “We post a message almost every day on Facebook about links to websites for parents and positive parenting tips.” Richard Calica, director Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, says his office handles 70,000 reports of child abuse and neglect every year, but he says 80 percent of child abuse goes unreported. The theme for Child Abuse Prevention Month is give, volunteer, act.