April is Child Abuse Awareness Month. This month and throughout the year, Elk County Children and Youth Services encourages all individuals and organizations to play a role in making Elk County a better place for children and families. By ensuring that parents have the knowledge, skills and resources they need to care for their children, we can help prevent child abuse and neglect by making meaningful connections with children, youth and families in our communities.
Child abuse happens to children of all ages, in all types of family situations and across all socioeconomic statuses. Children are abused physically, sexually and emotionally. Child abuse occurs here in Elk County as well as across the state and nation.
April is a time to celebrate the important role that communities play in protecting children and strengthening families.
Everyone's participation is critical. Focusing on ways to connect with families is the best thing our community can do to strengthen families and prevent child abuse and neglect.
Throughout the month of April, you will see royal blue pinwheels placed throughout the county. Pinwheels are the national symbol for child abuse prevention through Pinwheels for Prevention. By its very nature, pinwheels connote childlike notions and, in essence, serve as a reminder of the great childhoods we want for all of our children.
If you suspect a child is being abused, call Childline at (800) 932-0313 or call Elk County Children and Youth Services at (814)776-1553.
It takes a village to raise a child. That same village needs to protect these children.
For more information about Elk County Children and Youth, please refer to the Elk County website and click on Children and Youth. You will also find valuable information about the agency, how to make a report, become a foster parent and parenting tips.
Additional information can be found Elk County's CDBG Website.
More information and the scholarship application can be found here.
The deadline to apply is MAY 30, 2017.
Can we take a few moments of your time? Elk County is preparing a Community Wildfire Protection Plan. This plan will eventually help identify areas at risk for a wildland fire; make recommendations for hazardous fuels treatments; prioritize areas for wildfire mitigation funding; and make recommendations for actions homeowners can take to reduce fire risk.
You can help in the creation of this plan by taking a short survey online regarding the area in which you live. You can find more information and the survey here. Please complete your survey by April 30, 2017.
Thank-you VERY much for your help !!!