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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

  • April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and the Phelps County Child Advocacy Network (PCCAN) and Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of South Central Missouri are committed to helping victims of child abuse and neglect.
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  • April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and the Phelps County Child Advocacy Network (PCCAN) and Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of South Central Missouri are committed to helping victims of child abuse and neglect.
    According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Child Protective Services agencies across the United States received some 3.4 million referrals of abuse or neglect involving 6.3 million children in 2012, and an estimated 1,640 children died from child abuse or neglect in 2012, nearly three-quarters of them younger than age 3.
    PCCAN funds local community groups and agencies that perform child abuse and neglect services in Phelps County. PCCAN also acts as a fiscal agent for state and federal grants, funding alcohol and other drug prevention efforts, suicide prevention and teen pregnancy prevention.
    CASA of South Central Missouri volunteers help abused and neglected children and make sure kids don’t get lost in the overburdened legal and social service systems or stay in unsupportive foster homes.
    CASA volunteers stay with children until their court case is closed and the child is placed in a safe, permanent home.
    During April, the community is invited to learn about PCCAN and CASA and consider becoming a volunteer.
    People also can also take the following steps to make the community safer for children:
    • Be mindful of the signs of abuse and neglect in children, such as a lack of adult supervision, extreme passivity or aggression or poor hygiene.
    • Be aware of warning signs in parents, such as showing indifference or rarely touching or looking at their child, constant verbal criticism, demands for perfection, blaming the child for family problems or other irrational behaviors.
    • If you think a child is in immediate danger, don’t hesitate. Call 911.
    • If you believe a child is being abused or neglected, report suspicions confidentially to Missouri’s toll-free child abuse hotline at 800-422-4453.
    To find out more about CASA of South Central Missouri, visit www.casascmo.org, email Judy Waters at casascmo@fidnet.com or call 573-458-6240.
    For information on PCCAN contact Lisa Kean at 573-458-6030, email at keanl@lpha.mopublic.org.
    Both organizations also have Facebook pages.

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