In recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month …U of I Extension offers publications on child abuse

In recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month …U of I Extension offers publications on child abuse

By Phyllis Picklesimer, Communications Specialist University of Illinois College of ACES

Every 13 seconds, a child is abused in the United States in houses and apartment buildings, in cars, in supermarkets and playgrounds, wherever people gather. In the heat of an angry moment, otherwise rational parents commit acts of violence against their children. Sometimes parents use fists, and sometimes they don’t lift a finger, they just raise their voices.

University of Illinois Extension would like you to join in the observance of Child Abuse Prevention Month during April. In 2002, there were 96,304 reports of child abuse and neglect in Illinois. The good news is the number has been decreasing since 1995, but our goal is that no child would be abused or neglected.

Though many factors contributed to the decrease in reported cases, improved education and support for new parents is one important factor. University of Illinois Extension has been active in providing educational support for parents of young children in a variety of ways. Publications such as Nibbles, a fact sheet for parents of preschoolers, and Connecting with Kids, a newsletter for parents of school-aged children, provide support and guidance to parents in their important role of nurturing and guiding their children.

Parent 2 Parent, an interactive Web site, has been launched so that parents of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers can get advice and information on the challenges of raising young children. Parents can exchange ideas with other parents and ask advice from experts by visiting

To find out more about these publications and other parenting materials available through University of Illinois Extension, contact your local Extension office or call 1-800-345-6087 for a catalog of other Extension publications on parenting and other topics.

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