When I was an elementary school teacher, I had a principal who told us, “Remember, parents are always trying their best to do right by their children.” However, on rare occasions, their very best is not good enough. This is when the African adage applies, “It takes a village to raise a child.” Each of us are “villagers” and share responsibility. Children who experience neglect and abuse suffer the effects of trauma not just in the present but throughout their lifetime, and they need our support now. We need to work together today to build a brighter tomorrow for all children.

Here are some numbers from the Adams County Children’s Advocacy Center (ACCAC): From July 2021 through June 2022 the center handled 185 forensic interviews of cases of alleged child abuse. Over the past four months the center has received 71 referrals. In addition, last year, 227 Adams County children received direct support and advocacy services through the center, along with 219 caregivers and 272 siblings.

Irene Q. Powell is a member of Adams County Children’s Advocacy Center’s board of directors.

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