« March 2020 | Main | June 2020 »

May 2020

Pinwheels for Child Abuse Awareness

April was child abuse awareness month! The pinwheel is the national symbol for child abuse prevention. One of our biggest jobs here at the Advocacy Center is not only to raise awareness for child abuse, but to teach communities signs and symptoms of child abuse so that they know exactly what to look for. Since COVID-19 has caused daycares and schools to shut down, hotline calls have dropped by more than 50%!! We know that child abuse is happening, it’s just not getting reported. Scary right? If you suspect a child is being abused, please call the Missouri Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline number at 1-800-392-3738. If you have any questions about child abuse feel free to call us at 660-359-2874. #Essential4Kids

Photo: Child & Family Advocate Ashlay Berry provided awareness by putting pinwheels in the 5 points park here in Trenton, MO. Thank you Ashlay!


Safety measures during COVID-19 crisis

Thank you to the Grundy County Health Department for providing us with this sign reminding people of the importance of wearing masks, keeping our hands clean and practicing social distancing. We are continuing our safety precautions here at the Advocacy Center such as limiting the amount of people in the building at any given time, providing masks and hand sanitizer upon request, allowing an hour in between appointments to allow for disinfecting the premises and continuing to do as much as we can remotely. The staff at the Advocacy Center has been conducting all meetings via Zoom and has cancelled all events and trainings. Also, we are providing a telehealth service for counseling so that we can continue to provide mental health services while continuing to keep ourselves and the families we serve safe. Please continue to follow these safety precautions as we all continue to do our part to get through the COVID-19 crisis.  #Essential4Kids


Reporting abuse during COVID-19

A lot of child abuse reports come from places like school systems, churches and sports facilities — all places children don’t have access to right now because of the coronavirus. With the focus on COVID-19, our advocacy center is doing our part to make sure families are even more prepared. But It's everyone's responsibility to keep children safe, spot the signs of abuse and report concerns. We all need to play our part by checking in with families and reaching out for support and advice if we have any concerns. #Essential4Kids


Champagne & Diamonds Event Cancellation

Due to the unforeseen circumstances that have taken place, the Champagne & Diamonds event that was to be held on June 13, 2020 stands cancelled.

We had been preparing for this event for a long time and so it saddens us to a great extent to cancel it at this time. The reasons for the same were beyond our control. However, we shall be organizing this event in the near future and hope to see you there.

Keep your eyes and ears open, and make sure to like our  FB page, because we will be having some raffles coming up of some amazing items that you wont want to miss!