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(INDIANAPOLIS) – Blue plastic pinwheels have sprouted on the statehouse lawn and across Indiana to mark the start of Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Department of Child Services director Terry Stigdon urged caseworkers and private child-welfare agencies to keep going the extra mile to help children trapped in abusive homes. She says people can make a difference by committing to one volunteer activity, from helping out at a shelter to supervising kids for a while to give their parents a break.

And Stigdon maintains DCS is making headway with its own internal efforts to be a more effective agency. The agency is asking legislators to lock in a budget boost used last year to raise salaries in order to reduce turnover and bring caseloads under control.

(Photo: Eric Berman/WIBC)