This month’s Stand Against Child Abuse event will pull together dozens of community partners who have an interest in the wellbeing of children and families. The STAND is set for 4:30-7 p.m. April 16 in the parking lot of Towne Square Mall.
In an effort to provide an environment where participants can maintain physical distancing, this year’s event will take the form of a drive-thru resource fair. Attendees will remain in their vehicles and receive information from various agencies as they drive through the designated route.
“Our community partners are excited for the opportunity to provide resources to families,” said Kristy James, Community Collaboration for Children Regional Network Coordinator. “For many families, 2020 added to already stressful circumstances. It is vital for families to know they do not have to face those circumstances alone, but instead they can find the support they need through various services,”
A balloon release and moment of remembrance will be observed to represent the number of fatalities and near fatalities as a result of child abuse or neglect in the State of Kentucky. While prevention is the focus of the STAND, organizers said it is important to acknowledge that child abuse and neglect continue to happen.
This annual event is sponsored by GRADD’s Community Collaboration for Children (CCC) Regional Network and the Kentucky Cabinet for Health & Family Services’ Department for Community Based Services (DCBS).
The event is held during the month of April in conjunction with Child Abuse Prevention Month.
To anonymously report an incident of suspected abuse/neglect, call the Kentucky Child Protection Hotline at 1-877-597-2331 or your local law enforcement agency.