Child abuse prevention at forefront of Child Haven event

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CAP officials say they hope the pinwheel garden will serve as a visual reminder of the child abuse that continues to occur in our own community.

Tina Bartleson, executive director of the Exchange Club Family Resource Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse believes the number of confirmed cases involves stepped up efforts of intervention services as well as a change in the standards for substantiation for DFCS. In 2015, it was reported in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico that an estimated 683,000 children were victims of child abuse or neglect and 1,670 children died as a result of abuse or neglect.

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 children are our future", Hyche said. "Together, we can stand up to demand that children are protected and speak out to encourage adults to make it happen in our community".

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There are also forms for reporting abuse on their website. If you are concerned about possible sexual abuse, ask questions.

A hot dog lunch and brief program will start at 11:30 a.m. Judge Moehring will be there to read a proclamation affirming April as Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Locally, the Children's Advocacy Center of Lowndes County provides services to children who have been in abusive environments.

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Prevent Child Abuse in Wyoming will join a nationwide observance of Wear Blue Day on Friday to celebrate child abuse prevention across Wyoming and the country.

"I wish we didn't have to exist", Johnson said. The hotline is created to provide one statewide, easy-to-remember phone number for reporting suspected child abuse and neglect, 24/7, 365 days a year.

The pinwheels are meant to symbolize a carefree childhood that everyone deserves.

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