One Person – YOU – Can Make a Difference in the Life of a Child!

The prevention of child abuse and neglect is a community responsibility. It can be a matter of life or death.

Child abuse and neglect happens wherever children are, where they live, sleep, learn or play. In 2013, close to 18,000 reports of suspected abuse were filed in Kern County. Many more cases never get reported. Tragically, during 2013, 4 Kern County children died, 5 nearly died, and 8 suffered severe injuries as a result of child abuse or neglect — 16 of these 17 children were under age 4.

Anything you do to support children and parents in your family and community helps reduce the likelihood of child maltreatment. April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and Kern Cares Make A Difference is your opportunity to spread the message that we all can play a part in providing safety and support to children in our community.

Make a difference during April by making a pledge to help keep kids safe. Smile at a fussy baby in line at the grocery store. Be a friend to the kids and parents you know. Get involved. Advocate. Volunteer. Take time to be kind. Support community programs and services that work with families. One person – YOU – can make a difference in the life of a child or a family.

Kern Cares Make A Difference is easy… here’s how it works: