Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Child Abuse

Today, Governor Mark Parkinson announced that, with $934,591 from the State Children's Advocacy Centers Grant Program, child advocacy centers across Kansas will continue to help support young children who have been victims of child abuse.

More than 800,000 children are confirmed as victims of abuse or neglect each year in the U.S. One in every four girls and one in every seven boys will be victims of sexual abuse before their 18th birthday.

Across Kansas private and public agencies, institutions and organizations strive to educate, assist, respond to and provide healing to children, their families and communities in an effort to cut these statistics down.

Below are links to information on child abuse, services to abused children, statistical resources and other family services programs.

Governor Parkinson's Announcement

Kansas Chapter of Children's Advocacy Centers (KSCAC)
(A statewide non-profit membership association of children’s advocacy centers in Kansas)
Some Resources at the KSCAC website:
--What is a children’s advocacy center?
--Children's Advocacy Centers in Kansas Locator
--Child Abuse Prevention Tips

Kansas Child Protection Services (Kansas SRS)
(Includes contact information for reporting suspected child abuse cases: "If you suspect a child is being abused or neglected in Kansas, please contact the Kansas Protection Report Center (PRC) at 1-800-922-5330. Telephone lines at the Protection Report Center are staffed 24 hours a day. In the event of an emergency contact your local law enforcement or call 911. Every call is taken seriously and every effort will be made to protect your identity.")

A Guide to Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect in Kansas (Kansas SRS)
(This child abuse and neglect booklet is intended to help both individuals who are required by law to report child abuse and interested citizens.)

Child Abuse Pamphlet
(Easy to print pamphlet on identifying and reporting child abuse in Kansas. Also includes contact information on counseling services.)

Kansas Family Preservation Services (Kansas SRS)
(Intensive, well-designed early care and education for infants, toddlers and young children enrich children’s early experiences and provide critical support to their families.)

Kansas Kids Count Data
(Access profiles for many Kansas locations; rankings, maps, or trend graphs by topic; and raw data. Includes over 100 measures of child well-being.)

Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence
--Resources and Hotlines

Child Welfare League of America
Online Statistics:
--Kansas's Children 2009

U.S. Child Welfare Information Gateway
(Nationwide overview, legal definitions, abuse/neglect identification & reporting, prevalence, statistics, perpetrator characteristics, risk & protective factors, characteristics of parents or caretakers, families, children, and communities that increase risk or promote safe and supportive families and resilience in children, and impacts or abuse and neglect)

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