Child Abuse Prevention Month
April Is Child Abuse Prevention Month. Watch our YouTube video
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All children deserve to grow up in a nurturing home, with safe places to play and with adults who guide and love them – yet not all children do. During this month and throughout the year, Prince William County Department of Social Services is dedicated to supporting families and reducing the risk of child abuse and neglect. Prevention depends on finding solutions to the problems that cause child abuse. With the help of statewide agencies and our community partners, PWC DSS prevents child abuse through education, information, help for parents under stress, and through successful intervention programs.
Call the Prince William County Protective Services’ hotline at 703 792 4200 to report child abuse or neglect.
Prevent child abuse…look, listen, and respond.
Be informed, be involved. Sometimes, people may fear getting personally involved or they may be in denial that a child they know is being abused. Making a call to Social Services or the police can generate the help a child or family needs, but is unable to seek. Make a difference in a child’s life. If you suspect child abuse or neglect, please call the Protective Services Hotline at 703 792 4200 or the Virginia Child Abuse Hotline at 1 800 552 7096. Not all the calls to the hotline are determined to be abuse or neglect as defined by State law. The Social Services’ Prevention Team works with families and children to reduce and prevent child abuse and neglect and to strengthen families by improving family functioning, and connect the family to community resources. Child abuse is entirely preventable, but not without your help.
Department of Social Services
The Department of Social Services mission is to enhance the quality of life in Prince William County by affording individuals and families the support, protection and safety necessary to enable them to build self-reliant lives.
The Department of Social Services employs many dedicated professionals with credentials in social work, counseling, employment/career planning, criminal justice and information technology. The Department provides County residents with a range of services, financial assistance and residential programs for youth. The Department also provides County citizens with federally mandated programs including Child and Adult Protective Services, SNAP (Food Stamps), Medicaid and Temporary Assistance to Needy Families. Janine Sewell is the Director of Social Services and can be reached at 703-792-7500.
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2013 was the 75th anniversary for the Prince William County Department of Social Services. The Department was first established as the “Welfare Department” in 1938 to serve low income families with children and to protect children from abandonment or abuse. We continue to focus on child safety, as well as offer youth residential services, benefits for low income families, homeless services and prevention services and more.
During this anniversary year, the Department commemorated this milestone by honoring our past, celebrating the present and envisioning our future. The Department of Social Services continues to make a difference for Prince William County and its citizens, every day. Read a brief history of our Department here.