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April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. I encourage everyone in North Dakota to join me this month and stand up for children.

North Dakotans understand the importance of keeping children safe and nurturing their development. But we also know that North Dakota isn’t isolated from child abuse and neglect. Getting involved to prevent child abuse and neglect is easier than you think, and your efforts have a lasting impact.

Simple actions such as donating goods or cash to a local child and family service organization, organizing family support efforts through your faith community, saying a few kind words to a parent in a stressful situation or speaking up for family-friendly policies that help support the next generation all prevent child abuse and neglect. Small actions can have a meaningful impact on the lives of children by bringing communities together, reducing isolation and helping children and families succeed.

Prevent Child Abuse North Dakota, the North Dakota Department of Human Services, NDSU Extension Service and others are united in improving the lives of children and families in our communities, but preventing abuse and neglect requires everyone’s involvement.

If we all work together and take action, during April and every month, we can help build even stronger communities that provide unsurpassed support for families and nurturing environments for all our children.

If your life or the life of someone you know has been impacted by child abuse or neglect and you want to make a difference, contact PCAND at info@pcand.org, the PCAND Facebook page or www.pcand.org.

Sandra Tibke, Mandan

Sandra Tibke is executive director of Prevent Child Abuse North Dakota.

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