CARE cen­ter rec­og­nizes Child Abuse Preven­tion Month

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CENTREVILLE — The Child Abuse Re­sponse & Eval­u­a­tion (CARE) Cen­ter, the child ad­vo­cacy cen­ter of Queen Anne’s County, joins child ad­vo­cates across the coun­try to bring much needed at­ten­tion to the is­sue of child abuse, our na­tion’s great­est pub­lic health is­sue. The CARE Cen­ter’s Mul­tidis­ci­plinary Team, in­clud­ing vol­un­teers and friends, came to­gether in recog­ni­tion of Child Abuse Preven­tion Month, which is ob­served through­out the na­tion each April.

The CARE Cen­ter part­ners rec­og­nize that the best way to en­sure the health and well­be­ing of chil­dren, al­low­ing them to grow into adults who pros­per and con­trib­ute to so­ci­ety, is to fo­cus on pre­vent­ing child abuse. They know that ef­fec­tive child abuse preven­tion pro­grams suc­ceed be­cause of part­ner­ships cre­ated among fam­i­lies, schools, faith com­mu­ni­ties, civic or­ga­ni­za­tions, so­cial ser­vice and law en­force­ment agen­cies, and the busi­ness com­mu­nity.

Queen Anne’s County has re­mained stead­fast in its com­mit­ment to en­sur­ing the safety and se­cu­rity of its chil­dren, ac­knowl­edg­ing the shared re­spon­si­bil­ity for pre­vent­ing child abuse … be­cause preven­tion re­mains our best de­fense.

The CARE Cen­ter pro­vides Queen Anne’s County with a na­tion­ally en­dorsed child ad­vo­cacy model for re­spond­ing to al­le­ga­tions of child abuse. Us­ing a col­lab­o­ra­tive, mul­tidis­ci­plinary ap­proach that in­cludes both the pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tors, the CARE Cen­ter brings key pro­fes­sion­als to­gether in a neu­tral set­ting to work on be­half of the best in­ter­ests of the child. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.qac­care.org or call 410-758-2533.

From left, front row, Rob Hobbs, Michelle Priddy, Beth Anne Lan­grell, Jody Sim­mons, Ch­eryl Con­way, Jen­nifer Evans, Susie Spiering, Su­san Cop­page, Sher­iff Gary Hof­mann, Lance Richard­son, Ja­son Rickard, Dwayne Board­man and Steve Hall; back row, Chase Ar­m­ing­ton, Lesa Lee, Jane Cop­page, Jenifer DuBosq, Chris­tine Dulla Rickard, Jackie Veeney, Michelle Barker, Steve Matthews, Troy Low­ery and Sonny Jones.

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