The Brownwood-Brown Count Child Welfare Board announces that April is Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness month.

To increase awareness of this sad situation for children, the board has several plans. “Raindrops” for the Rainbow Room will be available at certain businesses for one dollar donation each (or more if one wishes).

The Rainbow Room is stocked with clothing and other necessities for foster children who are removed from dangerous situations. The money collected from the Raindrops goes toward purchasing needed items for the Rainbow Room, everything from infant supplies to clothing and shoes for teens.

In conjunction with Willie’s T’s in Brownwood, specially designed T shirts emphasizing that Each Child Matters are available for $20. One may contact Willie’s T’s to purchase or text Angela at 325-203-3663. Everyone is encouraged to wear these shirts or any blue shirt each Friday in April to increase awareness of this prevalent sometimes tragic situation.

The board is currently placing Pinwheels for Prevention and signs throughout the area, calling attention to this great need. As children are at home now with parents as the educators, this could create unsafe conditions when stresses escalate to violent reactions.

Because there are no teachers around to spot signs of child abuse or neglect, the eyes and ears of the neighbors and relatives become essential.

If you see or hear something, say something. The child abuse prevention hotline is 1-800-252-5400 or call local law enforcement agencies. Failure to report suspected child abuse or neglect is punishable by imprisonment and/or fines. It is the law. For more information, one may call (325) 642-1409.