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April 2, 2010

Marla Augustine, Communications and Legislative Services, (402) 471-4047
Barry DeJong, DHHS Service Area Administrator, (402) 595-2853
Colleen Roth, Director of Operations, Project Harmony (402) 595-1326

Health and Human Services and Project Harmony Work Together to Protect Children

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

Omaha - 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 Barry DeJong, 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.” DHHS partners with Project Harmony in Omaha to protect and support children. Project Harmony is a great resource that can help you stay on top of stress and keep you and your kids moving forward as a family, DeJong said.

“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 Colleen Roth, Director of Operations, Project Harmony in Omaha. “Think about who you can ask for support. Teachers, doctors, your pastor, other parents and family members can be great sources of information and encouragement. In many cases, they’re just a phone call away.”

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

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.