Prayer service aims to prevent child abuse

April 1, 2009 4:57:19 PM PDT
A call came on Wednesday for more Chicago community resources to help prevent child abuse. Child welfare advocates joined law enforcement officials at downtown Chicago's Fourth Presbyterian Church.

Wednesday's interfaith prayer service marked the observance of April as National Child Abuse prevention month.

Dignitaries addressed the urgency of prevention programs and resources for parents.

Child welfare and law enforcement officials say the current economic crisis has caused an increase in child abuse and neglect.