Child abuse/neglect is 'complex, community issue'

Cary Ashby • Apr 24, 2019 at 5:00 PM

The Huron County commissioners read a proclamation about the importance of child abuse prevention this morning, calling child abuse and neglect “a complex, community issue”

Children services received 1,861 reports of child abuse and neglect in 2018, which required 957 further assessments of children and families, according to the proclamation. 

Nineteen of the 51 children who spent time in foster care “were successfully placed with family and/or non-relatives” and one child was adopted into a forever home, according to the proclamation.

The annual child abuse prevention walk by the Huron County Department of Job and Family Services started at Suhr Park in downtown Norwalk. The event ended in at the St. Paul Gathering Space with a continental breakfast provided by the Huron County Board of Developmental Disabilities. 

“Child abuse/neglect is a community problem and finding solutions will depend on (the) involvement of people throughout Huron County. … Child abuse/neglect prevention programs will succeed because of partnerships among private sector agencies and the people of Huron County,”according to the proclamation.

The commissioners encouraged residents to not only recognize and support the needs of abused and neglected children, but also take action to prevent it from happening. The board, in the proclamation, said “children are the Huron County’s most precious and valuable resource” and each one “has the right as a human being to live and grow in a safe and supportive environment.”

“Children who are loved and nurtured grow up to love and nurture others,” giving back “the care that was bestowed upon them” to their family, community and state, commissioners said in the proclamation.

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