By TYLER MASK
April is National Child Abuse prevention month, and all month long Palo Pinto County Child Welfare Board, PPC Children's Alliance Center and CASA along with other organizations, have banded together in an effort to promote awareness on the largest scale possible. Their campaign, entitled “Go Blue For Kids!,” began April 1, with a kick off luncheon and will run through April 29.
Last year, there were 198 proven cases, PPCCWB President Connie Ball said. Ball believes the prime reason for this growth is because of more abuse taking place. From babies being born with methamphetamine in their system to children living in unsanitary conditions, PPC sees the whole gamut of child abuse. However, her organization along with the others mentioned above are striving together to fight back in spite of the alarming statistic.
CAC Director Libby Cluett said that the goal this year was to work together because each organization plays unique roles in the same process
“We are trying to really use April to collaborate and make the awareness public and remind people that it's a good time to have our respective fundraisers because of the whole effort,” Cluett said.
“Individuals can make a difference. We're going to be looking for volunteers. Of course we all accept funds, but there are other ways to help too. And if anyone knows of child abuse cases that are happening, they really need to help curb the tide and help the children, because helping our children now, and getting them on the right course – they may need mental health or victim's assistance – but getting that done now will help that child become a better citizen in the future. A lot of times, it is generational. There are very [few cases] throughout the state of stranger abuse. Most of it is either family, friends of family – people who know the child in some way. It's sad.”