Lake County Health and Human Services encourages all individuals and organizations to play a role in making Lake County a better place for children and families during Child Abuse Prevention Month – recognized in April – and year-round as well. By ensuring that parents have the knowledge, skills and resources they need to care for their children, the community can help prevent child abuse and neglect by making meaningful connections with adults and children.

According to Lake County Health and Human Services, research shows certain protective factors are present in healthy families and promoting these factors is among the most effective ways to reduce the risk of child abuse and neglect: nurturing and attachment; knowledge of parenting and of child and youth development; parental resilience; social connections; concrete supports for parents; and social and emotional competence of children.

For more information about support and services available in Lake County, visit " target="_blank">www.co.lake.mn.us/departments/health_and_human_services/index.php.