Child abuse prevention honored Monday

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There's a display here for the hundreds of calls the department gets for child abuse.

With April Child Abuse Prevention Month, the 10th annual display of Pinwheels for Prevention will take place Thursday on the Yellowstone County Courthouse lawn.

April is Child Abuse Awareness Month in SC.

Thirty-five years ago, in 1983, April was declared National Child Abuse Prevention Month by a Presidential proclamation.

Awareness, she said, is one way to help children have the safe and healthful childhoods they deserve. The Enhanced Resource Guidelines covers all stages of the court process, from the preliminary protective hearing until juvenile and family court involvement has ended, which leads to the child safely being returned home or placed in a new, secure and legally permanent home. Blue ones represented the 450-plus children now in the Bell County foster care system.

There is great need for more foster care families in Bell County and opportunities to volunteer to provide Christmas gifts and other needed supplies for children, Woodberry said. It happens across all walks of life regardless of background or finances. "Caregivers from all backgrounds, various lifestyles, and with all levels of education are investigated based on allegations of abuse and/or neglect". More than 270 cases of substantiated cases of child abuse and neglect were reported in Adams County in 2014. Of that number, 69 percent were for neglect, 26 percent for physical abuse, 4 percent for sexual abuse and.5 percent for emotional abuse. Abuse can also negatively impact the nervous system and immune system leading to the possibility of health issues well into adulthood.

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The girl underwent a forensic interview and described contact that allegedly happened between September 16 and 26 while he was visiting from MI.

"Pennsylvania children are a priority for Governor Wolf and their safety is of the utmost importance to the administration and everyone here", said DHS Secretary Teresa Miller.

Members of DSS plan to visit schools and other community groups throughout the month to help educate the public.

Like Murzi and Peker, Arispe believes that poverty and the lack of a sound family structure make kids - whose parents often hope they make it in soccer to pull them out of destitution - more vulnerable to molestation. That event runs from noon to 1 p.m.

From those calls, 407 were in Coconino County.

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