Health and Family Services Cabinet
Madison County Event Recognizes Children in Need; Event marks Child Abuse Prevention Month
FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 9, 2012) – Richmond-area residents are invited to an event this week 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 and Madison County Family Resource Centers, are sponsoring an informational event at the Madison County Courthouse, 101 W. Main St., from 4:30-5:30 p.m. on Friday, April 13.
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 288 “pinwheels for prevention” on the courthouse lawn to represent the number of children in the county who had a substantiated child abuse/neglect case or were in need of family services in 2011. This number has increased by about 42 children since 2008.
“Each pinwheel will represent a young life who was disrupted by abuse,” said Erin Truett, a DCBS family services supervisor in Madison County. “We are working with community partners to help raise awareness of the devastating impact of abuse on a child’s life. Our main message is simple: If you suspect child abuse or neglect, report it. It is the law, and you could be saving a life.”
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: (877) KYSAFE1.
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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