STATEHOUSE – State Representative Kevin Mahan (R-Hartford City) presented a resolution on the House floor on Tuesday honoring the Department Child Services (DCS) for their work to protect Hoosier children from abuse and neglect.
April has been designated Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month in Indiana. DCS offices representing all 92 counties will join local officials, child advocates and community neighbors at candle-light ceremonies across the state tonight to raise awareness about child abuse and neglect, and to encourage greater community-level participation in addressing this tragic issue.
“This event recognizes the role of the community in protecting Indiana’s most vulnerable youth,” said Rep. Mahan. “It is imperative that children have a safe and stable environment in which to grow up. The future of our state depends on these children and it is our responsibility to ensure that they reach their full potential.”
DCS was established in January 2005 by an executive order of Gov. Mitch Daniels. DCS protects children who are victims of abuse or neglect and strengthens families through services that focus on family support and preservation. Rep. Mahan served as the co-chairman of the DCS Interim Study Committee this past summer. He also serves on the Family, Children and Human Affairs Committee.
“I am honored to present this resolution. DCS is an honorable organization and one that I have spent a great deal of time working with in the legislature,” said Rep. Mahan. “It is our responsibility as state leaders to encourage and support opportunities and services that empower families to thrive.”