April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

This month and throughout the year, Todd County Health and Human Services encourages all individuals and organizations to play a role in making Todd County a better place for children and families.

By ensuring that parents have the knowledge, skills, and resources they need to care for their children, they can help prevent child abuse and neglect by making meaningful connections with children, youth and families, according to HHS.

Research shows that protective factors are present in healthy families. Promoting these factors is among the most effective ways to reduce the risk of child abuse and neglect. They are:

• Nurturing and attachment.

• Knowledge of parenting and of child and youth development.

• Parental resilience.

• Social connections.

• Concrete supports for parents.

• Social and emotional competence of children.

Todd County HHS invites everyone to attend its annual Ham and Scalloped Potato Meal with snow cones for dessert at the First Baptist Church in Long Prairie Thursday, April 25. Serving will take place from 5 to 7 p.m.

Free-will donations will support child maltreatment prevention efforts. There will also be door prizes and local provider booths.