Child Abuse Prevention Forum will be held April 21

Modified: March 31, 2017 10:43am

The Erie County Department of Social Services is recognizing April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month. As part of this recognition, ECDSS is organizing a Child Abuse Prevention Month event, titled, "Before the Hotline..." from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, April 21, 2017 at Erie Community College, South Campus.

The focus of the event is to bring awareness to the programs and services available to families in crisis before child abuse or maltreatment occurs.

"Before the Hotline..." includes a resource fair for organizations and community partners to provide information about their services and a panel presentation on health homes, the Erie County Family Services Team, and additional resource providers. ECDSS hopes to see community educators, teachers, mandated reporters, providers, peace officers, social work students and alumni, faith community leaders, and medical professionals at "Before the Hotline..."

Lunch will be provided for the first 100 pre-registered attendees. Parking is free of charge. The event is located at Erie Community College, South Campus - Lecture Hall 5-202, 4041 Southwestern Blvd., Orchard Park, NY 14127.

Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP Hannah Holden from ECDSS by calling (716) 858-8679, e-mailing her at, or Clicking Here.

Congress first established a National Child Abuse Prevention Week in June 1982, before the recognition was expanded to a full month in April 1983. 

For more information:

On Child Protective Services in Erie County, Click Here.