Monday, April 15

Randolph County Social Services Partners with Local Agencies to Host Child Abuse Prevention Walk

Photo provided by Randolph County Government

ASHEBORO N.C. (RANDOLPH COUNTY)- The Randolph County Department of Social Services (DSS), in partnership with Randolph Partnership for Children, Randolph County Emergency Services, Randolph County Public Health, Emmy’s House Children’s Advocacy Center, and Randolph County Guardian Ad Litem, will be hosting a Child Abuse Prevention “Walk” in downtown Asheboro on April 14, 2023, from 9:00 am -11:30 am, to raise public awareness during National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

The event will begin with an opening ceremony at 9:00 am, followed by a mile walk that will focus on advocating for prevention, building community capacity, and raising awareness to prevent child abuse and neglect, strengthen families, and foster healthy children and youth.

Jaynetta Butler, CPS Administrator at Randolph County DSS commented on the walk “We are excited to bring our community together to raise awareness and work towards preventing child abuse and neglect. It is crucial that we work together as a community to raise awareness and advocate for the prevention of child abuse and neglect, and I believe this walk will bring us one step closer to achieving that goal.”

In the fiscal year 2022, approximately 1.8 million children received assessment services nationwide, and roughly 58% of those victims required post-assessment services, such as family preservation, family support services, or foster care. In Randolph County alone, social workers received and completed assessments on over 1350 reports of abuse and neglect in 2022, with roughly 16% of those cases needing post-assessment services.

Randolph County DSS encourages community members to participate in this event and support the critical work of community-based agencies that offer additional services to families in need to help keep children safe and families thriving. Anyone with concerns about child abuse, neglect, and dependency can report to the Child Abuse Hotline at 336-683-8200 or by calling 911 outside of normal business hours. For more information on the Child Abuse Prevention Walk contact Randolph County DSS at (336) 683-8000, or visit the website.

Source: Press Release – Randolph County Government

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