Preventing child abuse focus of new group

Friday, February 10, 2017
Eleven people attended the inaugural organizational meeting of the Prevent Child Abuse of Clay County. The group is part of the Prevent Child Abuse Indiana, which hopes all of Indiana’s 92 counties will create a chapter to bring about local awareness and create safer communities.
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A new organization is dedicated to preventing child abuse and neglect, and is committed to making Indiana a better, safer place for Indiana’s most precious resources — our children.

Co-Chairs Corinna Stewart and Becky Malone said the group is looking for local residents as well as business, church and other organization members to join Prevent Child Abuse of Clay County in the coming months.

“There’s no membership dues,” said Stewart. “All you need is a valid email address, and a desire to help children.”

Prevent Child Abuse Indiana, which is part of The Villages project, has a mission to prevent child abuse and neglect before the pain has been inflicted upon a child.

The group plans to do that by developing sound child- and family-oriented policies, community-based prevention activities, public awareness and educational initiatives within their local communities.

During April the group is planning to hold or be a part of several events to highlight National Child Abuse Prevention month, including:

• the YMCA Healthy Kids Day on April 22, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.,

• sponsor a poster contest in the local elementary schools of the Clay Community School Corporation, and

• create a Pinwheels for Prevention Garden project in the community. The blue and white pinwheels represent Prevent Child Abuse America’s efforts to change the way our nation thinks about prevention, focusing on community activities and public policies that prioritize prevention right from the start to make sure child abuse and neglect never occur. Since the program began in April 2008 more than a million pinwheels have been displayed at people’s homes, schools, businesses and churches throughout the country.

While some details are not completed yet for these activities, Stewart said the more people who get involved the more impact the organization can have on the community.

“We’re not on Facebook yet, but we are getting things organized,” she said. “If anyone has any questions they can email us or contact me at 812-446-2214, extension 16. They can ask for Corinna.”

People can email the group at preventchildabuseclayco@gmail.com for more details.

Prevent Child Abuse of Clay County will host another meeting on Thursday, March 9 at 1 p.m. at First Baptist Church.

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