Individuals, groups and organizations working with and caring for children who have been victims of abuse, neglect or exploitation can get information and access to resources at the National Child Abuse Prevention Month Resource Fair on April 24 in Decatur.
The fair, hosted by the DeKalb County CASA Program and the DeKalb County Juvenile Court, takes place 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the lobby of the Gregory A. Adams Juvenile Justice Center on Memorial Drive.
Service providers like the Child Welfare Training Collaborative, DeKalb County CASA Program, DeKalb County Juvenile Court (Programs and Probation), Georgia Center for Child Advocacy, Partnerships Against Domestic Violence, State Office of the Child Advocate, and Street Grace will offer information and available resources, programs and assistance.
Child Abuse Prevention Month, which has been observed nationally in April since 1983, raises awareness about and seeks to prevent child abuse, defined by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as "words or overt actions that cause harm, potential harm, or threat of harm to a child, and the failure to provide for a child's basic physical, emotional, or educational needs or to protect a child from harm or potential harm."
In 2016, President Barack Obama issued a proclamation stating that "during National Child Abuse Prevention Month, we recommit to giving every child a chance to succeed and to ensuring that every child grows up in a safe, stable, and nurturing environment that is free from abuse and neglect."
The Gregory A. Adams Juvenile Justice Center is at 4309 Memorial Drive.
The fair is free to attend.