Child Abuse Prevention Month Walk of Knowledge

"I will proclaim April as Child Abuse Prevention Month and share with everyone the importance of promoting social and emotional well-being and safety for all the citizens of Beckley and all of West Virginia".

Ellis said the project is also to highlight and honor the kids that have been through the program.

Accepting the proclamation was Tehama County Child Abuse Prevention Council Vice Chairman Mike Lindsey and Maria Curiel, a member of the council. It represents hope that every child will be raised in a healthy, safe, and nurturing environment. The agency has struggled to create or implement any effective strategy because it has been forced to pour all its resources into the escalating crisis of skyrocketing reports of child abuse and higher-than-ever numbers of children in state care. CASA volunteers meet the needs of our community by ensuring that the needs of abused and neglected children are being met, by investigating into their current and former way of life, and by reporting their findings to the juvenile court, giving the juvenile judge a broader platform from which to make decisions.

On a Saturday afternoon in August, Becky Ricker, a mother from Cumberland County, loaded her auto with her 12-year-old daughter Hailey, Hailey's best friend and her teacher and drove 50 miles to Henrico County for a performance of "The Golden Goose" at Virginia Repertory's Children's Theatre at Willow Lawn. Exposure to violence, abuse and neglect is a significant problem, as it can cause serious physical, mental, and emotional health problems and lead to injuries and death.

"It's to bring awareness to child abuse - all forms of child abuse - and to let everybody know that prevention is possible", said Holly Line, the director of Butts County's DFCS office.

King encouraged anyone who suspects child abuse or neglect to contact authorities.

Six of those victims were from Nueces County.

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, which is highlighted across the country by the Pinwheels for Prevention awareness campaign. Some say that family matters are no one else's business. "We're seeing this rise in numbers, and we're doing everything we can every day, along with law enforcement agencies, to fight this epidemic".

"There's more abuse going on that people are aware", Evans said. In essence, it has come to serve as the physical embodiment, or reminder, of the great childhoods we want for all children.

Care for Kids incorporates what is now known and understood about sexual health, child sexual abuse, early childhood learning, growth and development, community development, and family and parental roles.


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