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Public Input Sought on State’s Child Abuse Prevention Grant; Williamstown meeting is May 8

Press Release Date:  Friday, May 05, 2006  
Contact Information:  Jennifer McComas, (859) 824-4471; Anya Armes Weber, (502) 564-6180; or Vikki Franklin, (502) 564-7042  


FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 5, 2006) – Grant County citizens are invited to a meeting next week to begin implementing a grant to keep Northern Kentucky children safe.

The meeting will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Monday, May 8, at Williamstown Baptist Church, 214 N. Main St. in Williamstown. A light dinner will be provided.

The Grant County Department for Community Based Services, part of the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, has received a $75,000 to implement its Community Partnerships for Protecting Children (CPPC) initiative. The grant is from the cabinet’s Community Based Child Abuse Prevention program.

CPPC’s purpose is to reduce child abuse and neglect by strengthening the community’s prevention and early intervention efforts with families. Local groups chart the course of their own programs.

More than 60 community partners have been invited to attend the planning meeting.

“With this grant, we can focus on educating the community about abuse recognition and prevention,” said Jennifer McComas, Grant County Family Services Office supervisor. “We would like community members, business leaders, school officials and child advocates to be involved from the start. After all, keeping children safe is everyone’s business.”

Last year, the Grant County DCBS received more than 300 reports of suspected abuse and neglect. The office serves more than 72 children and their families to prevent further abuse; and 32 Grant County children are living in out-of-home care settings such as foster homes.

For more information about the meeting, contact McComas at (859) 824-4471 or e-mail her at Jennife.mccomas@ky.gov.

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Last Updated 5/5/2006