(WKTV) - Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente, surrounded by case workers and children's artwork, declared April as Child Abuse Awareness month in Oneida County on Monday.
Picente was with case workers who investigate local child abuse reports, as well as artwork by local children who attend Thea Bowman House preschool and day care.
Last year, Oneida County received about 4,300 reports of alleged abuse to the Child Abuse Hotline. The head of county social services says abuse isn't always what you might think, and it can take on many forms.
"It's leaving a child unattended in a car ... leaving a child unattended all night long in a home, and again, it can happen in an instant," said Lucille Soldate, Oneida County social services commissioner. "Sometimes, it's just one incident of poor judgment, but the goal is to educate parents."
The point of Monday's proclamation was to raise awareness about the problem of child abuse. The number to call if you believe a child is being abused is 1-800-342-3720.