|April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. A month for our community to be aware and to get involved in strengthening families and preventing child abuse and neglect. We have some significant work to do in Rhode Island for our most vulnerable kids.
A recent report from the Office of the Child Advocate found that in 2015 there were 5 children who died while in the care of our child welfare system. Rhode Island Kids Count has also recently released data that shows the number of children hospitalized for mental health disorders has doubled in 10 years, and that more children are being born with exposure to opioids.
These are all significant issues facing our kids, and they are complicated issues that the community as a whole will need to tackle, so that our kids achieve better outcomes.