The Marion County Child Advocacy Center (CAC) wanted to bring awareness to the impact of abused children in the system.
Teardrops ran down the face of guests, as the CAC Child Watch Tour walked participants through the process of what happens to an abused child that is placed into the system.
“I think it’s very important because people can kind of get a Hands-On look about what actually happens at different agencies people don’t realize how much is involved once a child is moved from their home,” said Denise McGinty, Blueprints Social Services.
Each stop had a name card placed on the ground, stating a scenario that represented the steps that a child would go through in the tedious process of finding true help.
“We will convene a multidisciplinary investigative team within the county and that consists of a prosecutor, child protective service which is the Department of Health and Human Resources and a investigative law enforcement agency,” stated Michael Baker, CAC director.
“There are warning signs depending upon the age and developmental stage of the child. They can be just changes in personality. Typically that is what it is, that all of a sudden they are going to their room and avoiding people. Especially a particular person that abused them,” said Christine Banvard, WVU School of Medicine assistant professor.
The speakers told WBOY that each stop along the tour was built to remind people that not only do the children have a voice to speak up against abuse, but the community can as well.
If you know of any children that are being physical abused, please contact CAC. Callers may remain anonymous.
To find out any more information on how you can be a part of the solution, visit the Marion County Child and Advocacy Center website.