Health and Family Services Cabinet
Madison County Event Recognizes Children in Need; Event kicks off Child Abuse Prevention Month
FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 25, 2010) – Richmond-area residents are invited to an event next month to recognize children in need as part of Child Abuse Prevention Month.
The Madison County Department for Community Based Services (DCBS) office, part of the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services; Madison County Family Resource Centers; and Hope’s Wings, a Madison County domestic violence shelter and child abuse prevention program, are sponsoring an informational event at the Madison County Courthouse, 101 W. Main St., at 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 1.
The event, which will take place rain or shine, will feature live music and other entertainment, as well as information from several community partners.
Families can enjoy viewing a city fire truck and a Kentucky State Police cruiser. The Richmond Kiwanis Club’s Wellness on Wheels (WOW) Wagon will also be at the event, offering health tips and information for children.
Staff and the public will place 283 “pinwheels for prevention” on the courthouse lawn to represent the number of children in the county who were abused in 2009. This number has increased by about 38 children since 2008.
“Each pinwheel will represent a young life that was disrupted by abuse,” said Erin Truett, a DCBS family services supervisor in Madison County. “The goal of this event is to raise awareness of the impact abuse can have on a child’s life and our entire community. We are asking the public to commit to preventing child abuse and neglect, and making a report when they suspect it.”
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month in Kentucky.
Call Truett at (859) 623-1204 for more information about the informational event. Truett said space is still available for community agencies wishing to exhibit at the event.
DCBS staff investigates reports of children being abused or neglected by their caregivers. Reporting suspected abuse and neglect is the law, and it is anonymous through the state’s reporting hotline: (800) 752-6200.
If you suspect a child is in immediate danger, call 911.
Learn more about child abuse prevention online at http://chfs.ky.gov/dcbs/dpp/childsafety.htm.
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