HEIDELBERG, Germany - April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and during this month and throughout the year, the Family Advocacy Program is encouraging all individuals and organizations to play a role in making United States Army Garrison, Heidelberg a better place for children.

"April is a time to celebrate and highlight the important role that communities play in protecting children and the many resources available in this community," said Michele Barber, Family Advocacy Program Manager.

"Everyone's participation is critical.

Focusing on ways to promote the health and safety of children is the best thing our community can do to strengthen Families and prevent child abuse and neglect."

Several events will be held in the Heidelberg Community to raise awareness about child abuse prevention and the Month of the Military Child.

Community members are encouraged to come out and show their support by participating.

"By ensuring that parents have the knowledge, skills, and resources they need to care for their children, we can help prevent child abuse and neglect and strengthen Army Families," said Twanna Ivey, Family Advocacy Program Specialist.

For more information on how you can get involved in Month of the Military Child and Child Abuse Prevention Month events, or for information on child abuse prevention education trainings, you can contact your local Army Community Service office.