Children’s advocacy council marks National Child Abuse Awareness Month

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The Dallas County Coalitions will mark April as National Child Abuse Awareness Month with a banner at the southeast corner of the Dallas County Courthouse lawn and other activities.

The Dallas County Board of Supervisors, at the prompting of local children’s rights activists, approved a child abuse prevention proclamation as part of Child Abuse Awareness Month in April.

Urging the supervisors’ action were Debra Franz, restorative justice specialist in the Dallas County juvenile court system, Dena Owens, president of the Dallas County Children’s Advocacy Council, and Jenny Felt, Dallas and Boone County DCAT coordinator.

Franz showed the board several children’s drawings done on brown-paper grocery bags. The Dallas County Children’s Advocacy Council partnered with Fareway Stores Inc. to get the bags decorated and then distributed to patrons of Fareway along with materials intended to raise awareness of child abuse and prevention.

Franz also asked permission of the Board to again hang a banner on the southeast corner of the Dallas County Courthouse lawn.

“The point is to remind us that child abuse is everyone’s business,” Owens said. She said 100 law enforcement vehicle antennas will also display reminders¬†as part of Child Abuse Awareness Month.

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Debra Franz, restorative justice specialist in the Dallas County juvenile court system, informed the board of supervisors about local activities surrounding the start of National Child Abuse Awareness Month.
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Jenny Felt, center, DCAT coordinator for Dallas and Boone counties, and Dena Owens, right, president of the Dallas County Children’s Advocacy Council, informed the county board of supervisors about local plans for marking National Child Abuse Awareness Month. DCAT or Decategorization is a child welfare and juvenile justice planning process allowing communities to blend social services funding by pooling the funds originally in line items and giving them the ability to roll the funds into the next fiscal year.

 

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