Balloon launch begins awareness for Child Abuse Prevention Month

Glen Norman
April 4, 2018

Each year we welcome this visible demonstration of support for prevention as the flawless opportunity to remind citizens they can take an active role in support of children and families. Of the interviews conducted at the center, 58 percent involved allegations of sexual abuse; 61 percent of the alleged victims were girls, and 39 percent boys. Sadly, those services are needed in our community nearly every day, and we are fortunate to have an agency such as CAC.

"It will show people what kind of red flags to watch for when it comes to child abuse", Wheat said. "Let us make sure that nothing is happening to a child".

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and we would like to take the opportunity to bring awareness to this issue. Abuse is considered among the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) which can lead to long-term health consequences including mental illness, obesity, substance abuse, heart disease, and a shortened lifespan. This training, called Stewards of Children (r), is based on The 5 Steps to Protecting Our Children.

Last week, the community came together with CAC at Valdosta City Hall where participants placed blue pinwheels on the lawn to represent thousands of reported cases of child abuse in Lowndes County each year.

Staff from the pediatric department gathered around to pray for children suffering from abuse, followed by placement of the pinwheels, a national symbol of child abuse awareness and prevention. Our center offers a comprehensive resource center of free services for victims of domestic violence.

Today, the Hunterdon County YMCA is one of the largest not-for-profit community service organizations in Hunterdon County.

At the launch, foster parents spoke to community members about the importance of being a foster parent and urging more people to become a foster parent.

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