Suffer The Little Children
KSAL Staff - April 4, 2016 9:54 am
April is Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month, and a Salina organization is bringing attention locally to the topic. To bring awareness to the fact that children have the right to be safe and to be provided an opportunity to thrive, learn and grow, Child Advocacy and Parenting Service (CAPS) is promoting multiple activities throughout April. Activities include:
Pinwheel Garden: The pinwheel is the national symbol for child abuse prevention and our garden features 74 pinwheels to represent the number of children and families served by our CASA program annually. The garden will be hosted at the following locations: 4/4-4/11/16 Salina Central Mall 4/11-4/18/16 KSU Polytechnic4/18-4/25/16 Salina Bicentennial Center
Blue Out Salina: On Wednesday, April 8. Join advocates across the country in wearing royal blue to bring awareness to the issue of child abuse and neglect. Businesses with employees wearing blue jeans and royal blue can collect funds for CAPS and spread awareness by taking photos and tagging them on social media using the hashtag #ChildAbusePreventionMonth or @capsofsalina.
Child Abuse Prevention Tailgate: At Salina Liberty game in the east Parking Lot of the Bicentennial Center on Saturday, 4/23 from 4-6 pm. This free event for families features free food and plenty of fun with bounce houses and face painting.
Poetry for Personal Power: A FREE event at Ad Astra Books and Coffee House with DVACK (DomesticViolence Association of Central Kansas) to bring hope to survivors of domestic violence, abuse and addiction onFriday, 4/29 at 7 pm. The community is invited to come witness performances of poetry and prose centered onthese subjects. There is also an open mic for those wanting to perform original works or to share pieces that givethem hope. The subject content is PG13, so parents are encouraged to bring children mature enough to be empowered by it.
In 2015, 151 child victims of abuse or neglect and/or witnessed a violent crime received advocacy, a medical exam and care by trained SANE/SART staff, referral to trauma focused mental health services and a forensic interview at Chris’s Place – Child Advocacy Center. These services are delivered through a multi-disciplinary collaboration between City of Salina and Saline County law enforcement, CAPS, Salina Regional Health Center, Department of Children and Families Child Protective Custody, Saline County Attorney’s Office, Central Kansas Mental Health Center and private therapists. CAPS provides both prevention and intervention programs designed to reduce risk factors associated with child abuse and neglect while focusing on educating parents and empowering children. The agency’s many community collaborations respond to a variety of human needs and conditions keeping appropriate child development in the center of all strategies. CAPS responds to a variety of human needs and conditions throughout central Kansas while serving any family seeking help at no charge.