Time to Take a Stand

The Children’s Advocacy Alliance, a partnership between CASA 20th and the Central Arkansans Children’s Advocacy Center, are calling on all citizens in Van Buren County to join with them in taking a stand to say no to child abuse.

April is national child abuse prevention month and the Children’s Advocacy Alliance is hosting a flag raising ceremony at 12pm on Thursday, April 10th at the Van Buren County Courthouse to kick off the month. All Van Buren County residents are invited to join with County Judge Hooper in sending a message of hope to the 49 children who were victims of abuse in Van Buren County in 2013. Van Buren County Volunteer Coordinator Debra Lance explains, “We know that often community members feel powerless to help these children. The flag raising ceremony is an easy way to show support.”

The flag raising ceremony will last 30 minutes and feature a performance by the Clinton High School Band. Free Hot Dogs for lunch will be provided by Farm Bureau Insurance.

The Children’s Advocacy Alliance of North Central Arkansas is an independent nonprofit serving Faulkner, Van Buren, Searcy, Pope and Conway counties. Originally founded in 2000 as CASA of the 20th Judicial District, the Children’s Advocacy Alliance oversees both the Central Arkansas Children’s Advocacy Center and the CASA 20th Judicial District program. The two programs work side by side to provide coordinated guidance, treatment and support for child victims of abuse and neglect, from the initial investigation of abuse to their placement in a safe, permanent home. The Children’s Advocacy Alliance is a place for hope and a voice for justice. For more information contact Executive Director Tess Fletcher at 501-328-3347 or visit our website at www.hopeandjustice.org.