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Crime & Courts

CASA Kane County hosts Hands Around the Courthouse

April is child abuse prevention month

Participants hold hands during CASA Kane County's 15th annual Hands Around the Courthouse in Geneva in 2018. As April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, CASA Kane County is hosting a Hands Around the Courthouse event at noon on April 11 at the Geneva courthouse.
Participants hold hands during CASA Kane County's 15th annual Hands Around the Courthouse in Geneva in 2018. As April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, CASA Kane County is hosting a Hands Around the Courthouse event at noon on April 11 at the Geneva courthouse.

GENEVA – April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and CASA Kane County, as a leading nonprofit agency in promoting child welfare, is hosting its annual Hands Around the Courthouse event at noon on April 11 in the lobby of the Kane County Courthouse, 100 S. Third St., Geneva.

Attendees can learn more about what they can do through small acts that help protect children, strengthen families and foster the health and well-being of the next generation, the release stated.

CASA Kane County works proactively to find ways to prevent abuse before it occurs, and protect children who have been in an abusive situation.

Throughout April, CASA is striving at an even greater level to create the awareness of child abuse and neglect by collaborating with Prevent Child Abuse America, along with other community partnering agencies.

CASA Kane County will also draw awareness to this issue by displaying blue pinwheels on the courthouse lawn, representing every child the organization served in the previous year.

CASA invites all community members to attend Hands Around the Courthouse and hear directly from significant speakers, such as Dan Duffy, President and CEO of Prevent Child Abuse America; Honorable Judge Robert Villa and Gloria Kelley, executive director of CASA Kane County.

Attendees will learn from these key individuals who are able to share the ongoing initiatives of judiciary, agencies and community volunteers to keep children safe, the release stated.

After the brief program, participants will be asked to join hands for a moment of silence to acknowledge local victims of child abuse and neglect.

The entire ceremony is open to the public and lasts about 20 minutes. A light lunch will be provided to all attendees.

Last year, the organization served over 500 children in abuse/neglect and probate court.

Every child served by CASA was appointed a guardian ad litem volunteer to advocate for their best interests with safety and permanency as a priority.

National CASA statistics found that children with a CASA volunteer are half as likely to re-enter the foster care system; are more likely to receive education, medical and other needed services; will experience fewer traumatic placement moves; and will spend eight months less in the foster care system than those without a volunteer.

CASA Kane County is issuing a call to action for community residents to stand against child abuse and take action to support children who have been abused or neglected and those who still remain silent.

Everyone can do his or her part by visiting CASA’s newly updated website and reviewing the Mandated Reporting Toolkit, attending the Hands Around the Courthouse awareness event, learning about becoming a CASA/GAL volunteer, or most importantly, by calling 1-800-25-ABUSE to make a report if abuse or neglect is suspected.

CASA Kane County is a nonprofit, volunteer organization that advocates for the best interests children within the Juvenile Court system. To learn more, visit the organization’s website at www.casakanecounty.org or call 630-232-4484.

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