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Green River Area Development District invites public to ‘Stand’ against child abuse April 12


Stand Against Child Abuse is set for April 12 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on the lawn of Kentucky Wesleyan College in Owensboro.

This annual event is sponsored by Green River Area Development District’s Community Collaboration for Children (CCC) Regional Network and the Kentucky Cabinet for Health & Family Services’ Department for Community Based Services (DCBS). The event is held during the month of April in conjunction with Child Abuse Prevention Month.

CCC and DCBS invite area resource agencies to set up booths at the event, where representatives provide valuable information to parents alongside fun and engaging activities for children; such as, bounce houses, bubbles, crafts, games, a petting zoo, and more. All activities are free of charge.

“The Stand is a unique event, pulling together dozens of community partners who have an interest in children and families. It is a fun atmosphere with a serious goal – child abuse prevention,” states Kristy Clark, CCC Regional Coordinator.

In addition to the child-centered activities, citizens are encouraged to line the sidewalks along Frederica Street while holding signs that bring attention to an issue that, unfortunately, continues to plague our nation, state, and local communities.

According to the most recent DCBS statistics, Kentucky Child Protective Services investigated 5,353 allegations of abuse/neglect of minors within the seventeen counties of their Two Rivers Region in 2017—including 3,295 substantiated victims of abuse/neglect.

To report an incident of suspected abuse or neglect, please call the Kentucky Child Protection Hotline at 1-877-597-2331 or your local law enforcement agency.

For more information, please contact Kristy Clark, CCC Coordinator, at 270-926-4433 or Michelle Baize, DCBS Service Region Clinical Associate, at 270-687-7491.

from Green River Area Development District


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