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City of Pittsburg receives a Child Abuse and Prevention Grant

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The City of Pittsburg is looking to put an end to child abuse and neglect.

According to the National Children's Alliance nearly five children die every day in America from abuse and neglect. 

Through collaboration between the Family Resource Center and the City of Pittsburg, for the next 11 months Pittsburg's first responders and city employees will learn how to recognize and prevent such a crime through training sessions.

"We have a high incident of abused and neglect all over the country and in Pittsburg unfortunately as well," said instructor Dawn Miles.

Thanks to an 80,000 Child Abuse and Prevention Grant from the Children's Cabinet and Trust Fund classes will be held for 11 months. 

"It pays for training classes over the next 11 months and it also provides what they call concrete funding which is additional funding to help what they call Band-Aid funding to help families that might need a little extra help to get them by," said Miles.

The grant will also provide an advocacy position for the police department.  

 "We think of a child advocate we know there are child advocates out there but we never had one work outside the police department so this is new is challenging and we're very excited," said Pittsburg Police Chief Mendy Hulvey.

The chief believes the position will allow the police department to better serve children in the community. 

Chief Hulvey says, "We know the challenges in Southeast Kansas we see the poverty, we see the social issues, we know how important this is so it's time for us to step and really start making sure the children in our community have the resources to be successful." 

"We will have a lot of experience instructors over the next 11 months teaching different topics such as protective factors ways to reduce abuse and neglect abuse in their homes, said Miles.

 

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