JACKSON — COVID-19 has put a damper on many activities so far this year, including on how awareness is raised regarding child abuse.

Normally, employees with the Jackson County Department of Job and Family Services are joined by the community to plant pinwheels around Jackson County. The pinwheels help bring attention to the subject of community awareness about child abuse and neglect prevention.

“Amid this unprecedented and challenging time, our team continues to provide critical services to the most vulnerable children in our community,” JCJFS Director Tammy Osborne-Smith explained.

Despite not being able to gather, the Jackson County Commissioners adopted resolution 77-20, that designated April 2020 as “Child Abuse Prevention Month” in Jackson County. Since 1983, April has been designated as Child Abuse Prevention Month in the United States.

Jackson County Commissioner President Paul Haller read the proclamation, which, in part, stated:

“Whereas, every child has the right to grow up in a safe and nurturing environment...

“Whereas, too many of Ohio’s children are abused and neglected...

“Whereas, the consequences of child abuse and neglect cost Ohio billions of dollars each year..

“Whereas, child abuse and neglect is a community problem, and finding solutions will depend on the involvement of many people throughout Ohio...

“Whereas, research has demonstrated that there are effective child abuse and neglect programs which have many positive outcomes...

“Whereas, adults are the key to preventing child abuse and neglect.”

The Jackson County Board of Commissioners urges all county residents to take action to prevent child abuse and neglect.

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