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April 2, 2010

Nathan Busch, DHHS Western Service Area Administrator, (308) 436-6556
Nan Hynes, Lincoln County Child Abuse Prevention Council Chair, (308) 696-8000
Marla Augustine, Communications and Legislative Services, (402) 471-4047

We Can All Rethink Our Reactions

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

North Platte - Some days, being a parent is as frustrating as being in a traffic jam. There’s always so much to do, and everything just seems to get in your way.

“Taking a minute to rethink your reaction is a positive way to keep stress from getting the better of you,” said Nathan Busch, Service Area Administrator in the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). “Good parenting means knowing when it’s time to slow down and reach out for help or advice.” Busch said that local Child Abuse Prevention Councils are just one of the resources that can help you stay on top of stress and keep you and your kids moving forward as a family.

“You don’t have to feel like you’re on your own when you’ve run out of answers and your frustration and anger start building up,” said Nan Hynes, Lincoln County Child Abuse Prevention Council Chair. “Think about who you can ask for support. Teachers, doctors, other parents and family members can be great sources of information and encouragement. In many cases, they’re just a phone call away.”

Anyone suspecting a child is being abused or neglected should report it to local law enforcement, a local DHHS office, or to the confidential child abuse hotline at 1-800-652-1999.

Go to to find out more about the “Rethink Your Reaction” child abuse prevention campaign.