The annual Radiothon to End Child Abuse will take place Dec. 5-6 on KIK-FM 100.7 and COOL 94.3 in Alexandria and KWAD/KNSP, 1430 AM and Superstation K-106, 105.9 FM in Wadena.

Ending child abuse and neglect is a complex challenge, according to Todd County Health and Human Services, which offers services for child protection, child welfare and parent support outreach.

Todd County Child Services Unit receives many reports, including child maltreatment reports. These reports come from all economic, racial, social, ethnic and religious groups, and could be your friends, neighbors and relatives.

Most of these reports are concerns that have not resulted in child protection action, but the number of reports represents the needs and concerns in the community, according to Todd County child services leaders.

Todd County established the PEACE – Prevention, Education, Awareness, Communication and Equality – Council in 1990. It works through the joint efforts of the Todd County Child Protection Team and the Todd County Collaborative to coordinate events.

Through these events educational information is distributed in the hope of increasing public awareness about the serious effects of child maltreatment and positive parenting techniques to prevent child abuse and neglect.

In the past, the PEACE Council has done outreach with students and discussed children’s need to be safe, hired speakers to train professionals, gave public talks, and are currently funding Circle of Parents to establish a parenting support group.

The Radiothon will begin at noon on Thursday, Dec. 5 and continue through noon on Friday, Dec. 6. Proceeds go toward programs and help educate parents and the community at large about the benefits of providing a safe, nurturing environment for children.