Jonesboro, Craighead County recognizing April as Child Abuse Prevention Month
CRAIGHEAD COUNTY, Ark- April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and the city of Jonesboro and Craighead County is highlighting the month.
Craighead County Judge Marvin Day and Jonesboro Mayor Harold Copenhaver are bringing attention to child neglect and abuse here in northeast Arkansas.
As they signed a proclamation, honoring and recognizing April as Child Abuse Prevention Month in Craighead County and Jonesboro city limits.
“We are so grateful that Judge Day and Mayor Copenhaver agreed to sign this proclamation,” says Director of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of the 2nd judicial District. “It helps us bring more awareness to many problems that many children face that are being abused and neglected across northeast Arkansas.”
Both Mayor Copenhaver and Judge Day were joined by representatives from CASA, Hope Found of Northeast Arkansas Inc. and the NEA Children’s Advocacy Center as they signed the proclamation.
Judge Day says it’s vital to find ways the county and city can support child abuse resources.
“Bringing to the public’s attention the importance of taking care of our children; and looking out for the services that are provided to them to stop and prevent child abuse. If you don’t take care of these kids now, just studies show that the issues they develop over time manifest,” the county judge says.
Following the signing, pinwheels for prevention and child abuse awareness signs were placed outside the Craighead County Courthouse to bring attention to the topic.
Biggs says over the past 12 months, children entering foster care in Arkansas have increased 9%.
Something that makes their job more important now than ever.
“Being home more, parents being a little more stressed of course and, unfortunately, children sometimes are the outlets for those stress that builds up,” he says. “With children being abuse or neglected and end up in foster care. That’s why the organizations here today are so vital.”
To report child abuse or neglect, the statewide child abuse hotline: 1-800-482-5964.
NEA Family Crisis Center: (870) 972-9575