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Wayne County Schools focus on April's Child Abuse Prevention month

Counselors and City/County Officials participated in a proclamation signing

Wayne County School Counselors, Family Resource Centers, and ADANTA Behavioral Health Services meet for proclamation signing

       County Judge Executive Mike Anderson welcomed a group of professionals who work hard to help children, to a proclamation signing during April’s child abuse prevention month, recently. He and Monticello Mayor Tracie Sexton spoke about the issue of child abuse and neglect, noting how important it is to prevent these situations.

      The public officials thanked the room full of school counselors, family resource center workers, and ADANTA health service employees who are front line advocates for children. They work tirelessly to improve students’ lives, noted the government officials.    

     Child Abuse Prevention starts with each one of us. Together we can make it easier for families to access support services and learn how to identify and build on family strengths. The group has put blue bows around town to call attention to this topic.

      Mayor Sexton read the joint proclamation which said, “Child abuse is considered to be one of our nation’s most serious public health problems with scientific studies documenting the link between the abuse and neglect of children and a wide range of medical, emotional, psychological and behavioral disorders.”

       She continued reading, “Effective child abuse prevention programs succeed because of partnerships created among state and local government agencies, schools, faith communities, civic organizations, law enforcement agencies, and the business community.”

       Awareness of what Child Abuse is and our community coming together to help prevent it is key in helping to protect our greatest assets, our children.  In the state of Kentucky, everyone is considered a mandatory reporter which simply means, if anyone knows about, witnesses or suspects a child is being abused, he/she must report this to Child Protective Services immediately.  A report can be made anonymously when calling the report in.  The phone number to call to make a report is 1-877KYSAFE1 (1-877-597-2331).  To report online, go to  Emailing a report is also an option.  The email address to make a report is:  

       April is a time to celebrate the important role that communities play in protecting children.  Everyone's participation is critical. 

       When everyone invests in children, it is an investment for the future. This month, learn how communities can come together to ensure children have what they need to be the best they can be! #ChildAbusePreventionMonth #ThrivingFamilies

Kentucky has 5th highest rate of child abuse, Lexington nonprofit educates community about the issue

(April 11, 2022 Courtesy of Z93 The Daily)

(WKYT) – April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and a Lexington nonprofit is using the time to educate the community about the issue.

Governor Andy Beshear planted pinwheels on the Capitol grounds Monday, April 11 to raise awareness.

Statistics from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services show Kentucky is ranked in the top five worst states for child abuse.

Ben Kleppinger, the community engagement coordinator for Court Appointed Special Advocates, (CASA,) of Lexington said the nonprofit uses this time to make people aware of a big problem Kentucky is facing.

“Just over 15,000 children were neglected or abused in Kentucky last year, the rate is about 15 kids out of every 1,000 in the state,” he said.

Kleppinger said it’s easy for people to narrow their definition of abuse.

“Physical abuse is the one everyone thinks about, but there’s all kinds of abuse including neglect, which is a different category where the child is not receiving something they need, maybe shelter, food or clothing,” he said.

He said CASA’s goal is to end abuse entirely.

“We don’t want to stop the abuse after it occurs, we want to stop it before it happens in the first place,” Kleppinger said.

Counselors attended a proclamation signing

Front Row (L-R) : Mayor Tracie Sexton and County Judge-Executive Mike Anderson
2nd Row (L-R) : Veronica Little from Adanta, Kristy Chadwick from Adanta, Monticello Elementary Counselor Noah Rice, Walker Early Learning Center Counselor Sasha Chaplin, and Monticello Elementary Family Resource Center Director Leslie Randall
3rd Row (L-R) : WCHS Counselor Elizabeth Miller, WCHS Counselor Tiffany Bertram, WCMS Counselor Kayla Simpson, WCMS Counselor Vicki Davis, and Bell Elementary Counselor Mindy Bell
Last Row (L-R) : Walker/Bell Elementary Family Resource Director Ashley Thompson, Monticello Elementary Counselor Jill Frogge, Emma Foster FRC Assistant from Walker Early Learning Center, Jill Wright FRC Assistant from Walker Early Learning Center, and WCMS Family Resource Center Director Kendra Patton

Child Advocates

Child Advocates listened as the proclamation was read

Mayor Tracie Sexton and City Judge-Executive Mike Anderson at the Proclamation Hearing

Mayor Tracie Sexton and City Judge-Executive Mike Anderson at the Proclamation Hearing

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