Candlelight vigil on Tuesday to draw attention to child abuse and neglect

In honor of National Child Abuse Prevention Month, the Indiana Department of Child Services will host a statewide candlelight ceremony on Tuesday, April 16, at 7 p.m.

The Huntington County candlelight vigil will be held on the Huntington County Courthouse lawn, located at 201 N. Jefferson St.

The Department of Child Services offices within Indiana's 92 counties will join local officials, child advocates and community neighbors to unite communities across Indiana in raising awareness about child abuse and neglect, and to encourage greater community-level participation in addressing this tragic issue.

"We are honored to be partnering with the Child Protection Team, Huntington County Community School Corporation, Bowen Center, the prosecutor's office, St. Peter's First Community Church and the Youth Services Bureau," says Elizabeth Learned, director of Huntington County's Department of Child Services.

"Child abuse affects everyone. This is our way of remembering those who have been touched by abuse and pull together as a community to help protect Huntington County's children," says Jan Williams, Youth Services Bureau executive director.

To learn more about the event, contact the Department of Child Services at 356-4420.