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2006 News from Mecklenburg County

March 30, 2006

CHILD ABUSE AWARENESS MONTH: WALK FOR CHILDREN KICKS OFF ACTIVITIES

 

Charlotte , NC – Walking and taking a stand against child abuse is the focus during the month of April as local leaders recognize Child Abuse Awareness Month. "You C.A.N. ( Child Abuse and Neglect) Make A Difference!" And that difference can ensure that a child thrives rather than be engulfed by the abusive behavior or loses their life.

 

To kick off the activities for Child Abuse Awareness Month, local agencies present the Second Annual Walk for Children entitled, "Take a Stake in a Child's Life" to prevent child abuse and neglect.

 

Saturday, April 1
10 a.m. - noon
Education Center , 701 East Second Street     

 

The day will begin with a memorial walk from the Education Center to Frazier Park in Third Ward. Refreshments will be served and attendees will hear guest speakers discuss child abuse and neglect issues. The highlight of the day will be a special flower planting ceremony in memory of children who have died of child abuse and neglect in Mecklenburg County .

 

Take a stand, "You C.A.N. make a difference," and prevent child abuse. Citizens can display their personal commitment to prevent child abuse by wearing a blue awareness ribbon during April. To obtain ribbons, contact Candace Wilson of Council for Children at 704-372-7961. For more information about Child Abuse Awareness Month activities, visit www.protectingkids.org and view the events calendar.

 

Coalition members encourage citizens to make a difference in a child's life and help families, friends and neighbors become better parents, guardians and caretakers of children. Protecting kids is everybody's job! We all have the responsibility to provide nurturing environments that allow children to grow and develop.

 

North Carolina law requires anyone who suspects that a child is being abused or neglected report that concern to their local Department of Social Services. In Mecklenburg County , the 24-hour hotline is 704-336-CARE (2273).

 

Quick Facts about Child Abuse and Neglect

·        In Mecklenburg County , from July 2004-June 2005
       11,992 children were involved in completed investigations and family assessments.
       Investigations confirmed that 7,603 children were identified as victims of abuse, neglect or dependency.
       In North Carolina , from July 2004-June 2005
       31 children died as a result of child maltreatment.
       111,581 children under age 17 were reported as being involved in an incident of child maltreatment.  Approximately 24% of these children were confirmed as victims of child maltreatment.
        Approximately 3 million reports of child abuse and neglect are made each year in the United States .

 

Note:  For more fact about child abuse and neglect visit www.protectingkids.org.

This year’s Child Abuse Awareness Month (CAAM) activities are brought to you by Mecklenburg County’s Child Abuse Awareness Coalition, a group of local agencies partnering to prevent child abuse on behalf of the children of our community. The 2006 CAAM Coalition Members are:     Behavioral Health Center – Carolinas Healthcare System, Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, Child Care Resources, Inc., Children and Family Services Center, Communities In Schools, Community Link, Council for Children, Domestic Violence Advocacy Council, The Family Center, The Guardian Ad Litem Program, Hornets Nest Girl Scout Council, Mecklenburg County Area Mental Health, Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation, Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office, Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services Youth and Family Services division, Pat’s Place Child Advocacy Center, Smart Start of Mecklenburg County, Teen Health Connection, Thompson Child and Family Focus, United Family Services, Mecklenburg County Women’s Commission and Youth Homes, Inc.



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