April is Child Abuse Awareness Month, and the goal of this year's theme, "Good Beginnings Last a Lifetime," is to highlight prevention and actions that members of our community can take to keep children safe. Unfortunately, West Virginia has the highest rate of child fatalities from abuse in the country, and over 8,000 substantiated cases of child abuse and neglect occur in West Virginia per year. As we conclude our month of activities, I'd like to offer some ideas on how we as a community can turn these numbers around. Rather than letting the statistics steal the spotlight, community groups have chosen to focus on the positive. The message connecting all of the events held in the last month was that together, as a community, we can make a difference in the lives of West Virginia children.