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April has been designated Child Abuse Prevention Month in the United States since 1983. The annual observance is dedicated to raising awareness and preventing child abuse in our communities.

The World Health Organization defines child abuse and child maltreatment as "all forms of physical and/or emotional ill-treatment, sexual abuse, neglect or negligent treatment or commercial or other exploitation, resulting in actual or potential harm to the child's health, survival, development or dignity in the context of a relationship of responsibility, trust or power."

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services states that for National Child Abuse Prevention Month, communities should rededicate themselves to being supportive of families, and play an active role in preventing child abuse and neglect as well as taking positive action to promote child and family well-being.

During 2016 there were 3,725 children who experienced maltreatment in Nebraska. 85% of the maltreatment cases in Nebraksa are due to physical neglect.*

SENCA supports abused children through the CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) program in Nemaha and Otoe Counties. If you would like to become a volunteer to help abused and neglected children, please call Debbie Green, SENCA CASA Volunteer Coordinator, at 402-713-5405 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

*statistics taken from the 2017 Kids Count in Nebraska Report.