Visit CACHampshire.org for registration information.
20th Annual Child Abuse Awareness Month Kick-off Breakfast to be held April 5th
The 20th Annual Child Abuse Awareness Month Kick-off Breakfast to benefit the Children’s Advocacy Center of Hampshire County is Friday, April 5, 7:30-9 a.m., at the Log Cabin Banquet and Meeting House, 500 Easthampton Road in Holyoke. Remarks begin at 7:55 a.m.
Ceremonies marking the raising of the Children’s Memorial Flag will follow on the Greenfield Town Common from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. and at the Athol Police Department at 280 Exchange Street from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Both flag raisings are planned for April 5, 2019 after the breakfast with snow dates of April 12.
More than 200 community members regularly attend the breakfast. This year’s award winners are Kelley Knight, outreach social worker for Northampton Public Schools and Dr. Ray Conway, an emergency medicine specialist who works closely with the Children’s Advocacy Center.
The Children’s Advocacy Center is a welcoming, child-friendly house, on Elm Street in Northampton, where children who may be victims of physical and sexual abuse and their families receive many of the services they need during the criminal investigative process.
In 2018, 453 cases were referred to the Northwestern District Attorney’s Child Abuse Unit for investigation, involving 554 victims, which resulted in 226 offenders being charged with offenses against children. Some 210 child victims were interviewed at the Children Advocacy Centers in Hampshire and Franklin counties.
Children at the CAC are interviewed in a coordinated interview process to reduce the number of times a child victim has to speak with investigators. The child may also be medically examined there by trained medical providers outside of a hospital Emergency Room to minimize the trauma he or she experiences. Referrals for follow-up medical and mental health services are made available.
“Hampshire County businesses and residents have been powerful allies in helping to support the Children Advocacy Center’s work to give safety, healing, and justice to children,” Northwestern District Attorney David E. Sullivan said.
“We are able to change children’s lives every day because of this support,” Hampshire CAC Director Susan Loehn said.
For more information, contact Susan Loehn at firstname.lastname@example.org/(413)522-2946