In honor of April being Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month, Advocacy Network for Children will be holding its fourth annual “Koins for Kids” fundraising event on Saturday, April 21st, at Farm and Home Supply and both County Market locations in Quincy. The money raised through this event will help with a variety of costs of Advocacy Network for Children. The hours will be 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at all three locations.
Advocacy Network for Children provides two distinct programs for abused and neglected children in our community. The CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) program recruits, trains and supervises volunteers to speak in the best interest of abused and neglected children in the juvenile court system. Last year, over 200 children were represented by CASA volunteers in Adams and McDonough Counties. The agency recently expanded its CASA program to include Hancock, Pike and Morgan Counties.
The Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) provides a child-friendly, neutral environment where child victims of sexual abuse or severe physical abuse and their non-offending family meet with law enforcement, Department of Children and Family Services and State’s Attorney for the purpose of investigation. The Children’s Advocacy Center coordinates the investigation and provides a variety of advocacy and support to the child victim and non-offending family. Children’s Advocacy Center staff helps bridge the gap between social services, law enforcement, and the court system. The Children’s Advocacy Center program served nearly 350 children in 2017 in the nine counties it serves.
Child abuse occurs at every socioeconomic level, across ethnic and cultural lines, within all religions and at all levels of education. Some statistics include: A report of child abuse is made every ten seconds and more than five children die every day as a result of child abuse; as many as two-thirds of people in treatment for drug abuse reported being abused or neglected as children; children who experience child abuse and neglect are about 9 times more likely to become involved in criminal activity; and about thirty percent of abused or neglected children will later abuse their own children. As reported by Childhelp (www.childhelp.org).
For more information about this event, please call Diane Pieper at 217-223-2272.