In February, Governor Bruce Rauner signed a proclamation declaring April as Illinois Child Abuse Prevention Month. In his proclamation, he encourages citizens to support child abuse prevention programs and report suspected cases of child abuse to the Illinois Child Abuse Hotline at (800) 25-ABUSE.
There are several opportunities to volunteer. One way is through Big Brothers and Big Sisters. According to the organization, little brothers and little sisters are 27% less likely to use alcohol and 52% less likely to skip school. For a complete list of volunteer opportunities, please visit the DCFS website.