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Wake County Recognizes April as Child Abuse Prevention Month

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Wake County North Carolina
Wake County North Carolina
Wake County is located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of July 1, 2019, the population was 1,111,761, making it North Carolina's most populous county as well as the most populous county in the Carolinas. From July 2005 to July 2006, Wake County was the 9th fastest-growing county in the United States, with the town of Cary and the city of Raleigh being the 8th and 15th fastest-growing cities, respectively. Its county seat is Raleigh, which is also the state capital. Eleven other municipalities are in Wake County, the largest of which is Cary, the third largest city of the Research Triangle region and the seventh largest municipality in North Carolina.

During Child Abuse Prevention Month, Wake County’s Child Welfare Division is reminding residents that everyone has a role to play in preventing child abuse and neglect. During the month of April, staff will be emphasizing the necessity for communities to work together to promote the social and emotional well-being of all children and families through an outreach campaign that includes several local events.

“Everyone deserves to live in a safe, healthy environment but that is not the case for every child and teen in Wake County,” said Wake County Board of Commissioners Vice Chair Susan Evans. “Too often, we think of raising healthy children as a parent or caregiver’s responsibility alone, but we can all play a role in keeping our kids safe. We all benefit when we work together to help families thrive.”

If you’re not sure how to take the first step in helping youth and families, some examples of working within your community to prevent child abuse include:

  • Donating goods, money or time to an organization that supports children and families.
  • Volunteering to work with children through places of worship, schools, sports or academic clubs.
  • Providing mentorship to a child in your family, neighborhood or community.

In 2022, Wake County Child Protective Services received 8,619 reports of child abuse and/or neglect with 4,429 moved up to a social worker and had a case opened in Wake County. Of those, more than 3,900 were cases suspecting neglect.

After a case is opened, prevention strategies and intervention are working to help families make the changes needed keep their children safe and their families whole. The numbers support that, of those families who chose to participate in the prevention programs, 88% did not have a repeat report.

If you suspect a child has been abused or neglected, call our report line at 919-212-7990 or 919-212-7963 for Spanish.

Community Events
The public is invited help raise awareness and make an impact through the following community events and activities:

For more information about child abuse prevention month visit wake.gov/ChildAbusePrevention.

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