Donald H. Schlosser, Executive director, Prevent Child Abuse–IllinoisCHICAGO TRIBUNE

Almost every week, your readers learn about a new, devastating child-abuse case. During the next few weeks, they can do something important to deal with the problem. They can earmark a portion of their refund on 1997 Illinois income tax returns or otherwise make a donation to the Child Abuse Prevention Fund.

By checking line 15b (line 5b on the EZ form), they can donate any amount over $1 to support community programs that prevent maltreatment. These include parent-training classes, home visits by trained personnel to help first-time parents deal with the stress of caring for a baby and many other services that protect children and strengthen families.

The time to stop child abuse is before it starts. With dollars from the tax checkoff program, community agencies are able to work with families before they have hurt their children or adopted damaging parenting practices.

The theme for the Child Abuse Prevention Fund campaign is “Give till it doesn’t hurt.” I hope your readers will remember that slogan when filling out their Illinois tax returns. They could save the life of a child.




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