Guest Editorial: Child Abuse

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - As we see the month of April come to a close so does Child Abuse Awareness Month.

Unfortunately in the last month the Montgomery area has seen two children die tragically and needlessly from abusive head trauma.

Approximately 76% of child deaths in the (0-3) age group in Alabama are the result of unsafe sleeping environments or abusive head injury.

According to the Alabama Department of Child Abuse Prevention, child abuse and neglect costs the tax payers of Alabama over $520,000,000 annually in direct and indirect costs.

Children who suffer from abuse have an increased rate of addiction, violent behavior and incarceration.  Child abuse and neglect diminishes the quality of life for all of our citizens.

The Department of Child Abuse Prevention funds 25 programs in the Montgomery area with the mission of raising healthy children and supporting a safe environment to raise our children.

It is much cheaper to nurture a child than it is to fix a broken adult.  We all have a role to play.  Let's all do our part to keep Alabama's children safe.

Kelley Parris Barnes
Director Al Dept. of Child Abuse Prevention

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