Every year, children are victims of child abuse and neglect across America. In state fiscal year 2015, New Mexico Child and Youth Services Division substantiated 844 child victims in Dona Ana County alone. Furthermore, according to data from the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System, New Mexico reported a total of 7 child fatalities related to child maltreatment in federal fiscal year 2014. White Sands Missile Range has experienced its own reports of child abuse and neglect just this year, recording two reports. The numbers are staggering and call for immediate action. The Family Advocacy Program is designed to educate the entire community on the signs, symptoms, risk factors and reporting procedures of child abuse, and to develop preventative measures to ensure the safety of all children. We are a community, we all matter, and protecting our children is everyone’s business. Make a difference by taking a stand against child abuse and join Army Community Service April 8 in wearing blue and planting a pinwheel at ACS, Building 250, Rock Island Avenue, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served and blue ribbon lapel pins will be distributed. Take a stand for every child who deserves to have a healthy, happy and safe childhood. No child should have to survive their childhood. Everyone is a mandated reporter and if you suspect that a child is a victim of abuse on base call (575) 678-1234, off base, contact Statewide Central Intake at 1-855-333-SAFE (7233) or #SAFE from cell phones.