Kentucky State Seeks Input On Preventing Child Abuse

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Child Abuse Prevention

Hardin County residents are invited to a meeting this month to help develop ways to keep the region's children safe.

The meeting will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 31, in room 303 of the Occupational Technical Building of Elizabethtown Community College. Lunch will be provided.

The Hardin County Department for Community Based Services (DCBS), part of the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, received $75,000 from the department's Partners in Prevention program. The cabinet's Community Based Child Abuse Prevention program awarded these funds for the Community Partnerships for Protecting Children (CPPC) initiative.


CPPC's purpose is to reduce child abuse and neglect by strengthening the community's prevention and early intervention efforts with families. Local groups around the state chart the course of their own programs.

Along with the general public, representatives from more than 120 community partners have been invited to attend the planning meeting with DCBS staff.

"We want our residents and partners to help design the services and activities we can offer through this grant," said Renee Sartin, administrator of the Salt River Trail Region, which includes Hardin County. "We would like community members, business leaders, school officials and child advocates to be involved from the start. After all, keeping children safe is everyone's business."

From Oct. 1, 2005, to Sept., 30, 2006, Hardin County's DCBS office received 2,637 reports of suspected abuse and neglect involving local children. The office currently serves more than 1,900 Hardin County children and their families to prevent further abuse and neglect, and 145 county children living in out-of-home care settings such as foster homes.

Hardin's DCBS office also serves more than 3,000 families with food benefits and Medicaid support, and approximately 260 families with Kentucky Transitional Assistance Program support.