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Hoping to bring more awareness to the problem of child abuse and neglect in Plumas County, the Plumas Board of Supervisors took a test.
It was a test similar to one that they had taken before as part of declaring April Child Abuse Prevention and Family Strengthening Month.
The supervisors all scored well, but Supervisor Jon Kennedy earned the highest points and won a bag of Carey’s candy for his effort.
Plumas Children’s Council Coordinator Janine (her full name) supplied the test as an interactive way of bringing attention to the issue. (See adjacent test and answer key for more details about child abuse issues in the county.)
In addition to the test, Janine presented a proclamation that read in part: “Preventing child abuse and neglect means helping families build strengths so that their children can thrive.”
Janine devoted most of her presentation to families and addressed the five areas that she said have been proven to help them and prevent neglect:
—Knowledge of parenting and child development.
—Concrete support in times of need.
—Social and emotional competence of children.
Janine also discussed programs that are available to help parents, such as in-home visits, because the goal is to keep families intact.
When that isn’t possible, foster care and group homes are two options for children, but there is a shortage of foster families in the county, and there is no group home.
Janine concluded her presentation by saying that ending child abuse requires a concerted community effort and involves government agencies, community organizations, schools, churches, law enforcement and businesses.
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