FRANKLIN-ANDERSON COUNTY CASA CONCLUDES NATIONAL CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION AND AWARENESS MONTH WITH PUBLIC SERVICE TRAININGS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY BASED SERVICES
This year, more than 800 child abuse and neglect cases were reported in Franklin and Anderson County. To raise awareness of alarming statistics like these, Franklin-Anderson County CASA (affiliated with the National CASA Association), a nonprofit organization that trains community volunteers to speak for the best interests of abused and neglected children, will host a Public Service Training in conjunction with the Department of Community Based Services (DCBS) for the Franklin and Anderson County communities. This event supports national efforts to fight child abuse throughout the month of April, which is National Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month.
This event will be held in both counties on Tuesday, April 26 in Lawrenceburg at the Anderson County Extension Office at 6:00 PM and on Thursday, April 28 in Frankfort at the Paul Sawyier Public Library at 12:00 PM. This event will help to culminate several awareness and education activities across the country in April to recognize National Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month. Franklin-Anderson County CASA encourages community members to come together to educate themselves on how to report and recognize signs of child abuse and neglect. In this training, DCBS will teach the community to know what, when, and where to report suspected abuse and neglect, as well as, signs and symptoms of children who are living in an abusive situation.
Franklin-Anderson County CASA provides trained volunteers to serve as advocates for abused, neglected, or dependent children involved in Family Court and work toward a plan that ensures that these children are in a safe permanent home. CASA acts as the "eyes, ears, and voices" for children in the Franklin and Anderson County Family Court system. Judges depend on the information provided by CASA volunteers in order to make informed decisions affecting the outcome of a child's life.
Join Franklin-Anderson County CASA and DCBS as we work together to train the public on reporting and recognizing child abuse and neglect in the Franklin and Anderson County communities. For more information on the Public Service Trainings and National Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month, or how you can be a CASA supporter or volunteer, contact Franklin-Anderson County CASA at 502.875.0702.