OWENSBORO, Ky. — The Stand Against Child Abuse is set for April 16, 2021, from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the parking lot of Towne Square Mall.
The STAND is a unique event, pulling together dozens of community partners who have an interest in the wellbeing of children and families. In an effort to provide an environment where participants can maintain physical distancing, this year’s event will take the form of a drive-thru resource fair. Attendees will remain in their vehicles and receive information from various agencies as they drive through the designated route.
“Our community partners are excited for the opportunity to provide resources to families. For many families, 2020 added to already stressful circumstances. It is vital for families to know they do not have to face those circumstances alone, but instead they can find the support they need through various services,” said Kristy James, CCC Regional Network Coordinator.
A balloon release and moment of remembrance will be observed to represent the number of fatalities and near fatalities as a result of child abuse or neglect in the State of Kentucky. While prevention is the focus of the STAND, it is important to acknowledge that child abuse and neglect continue to happen.
This annual event is sponsored by GRADD’s Community Collaboration for Children Regional Network and the Kentucky Cabinet for Health & Family Services’ Department for Community Based Services. The event is held during the month of April in conjunction with Child Abuse Prevention Month.
To anonymously report an incident of suspected abuse/neglect, please call the Kentucky Child Protection Hotline at 1-877-597-2331 or your local law enforcement agency.
For more information, contact Kristy James, CCC Coordinator at 270-926-4433. Agencies or organizations wanting to participate can register at www.gradd.com/stand.