DON’T WAIT! Report Child Abuse or Neglect
Any individual who has reason to believe that a child is a victim of child abuse or neglect must report the circumstance to the Department of Child Services by calling the Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-800-5556.
If a child is in immediate danger call 911.
Children & Technology: A Parent’s Guide
Today’s kids are surrounded by technology, both during and after school. It is important for kids to learn how to responsibly use the many tools available on computers and smart devices. But unsupervised access to technology can create risks for children. Just as schools have rules for the acceptable use of technology by students, it is also important for parents to think about how to exercise supervision over children’s use of technology in order to preserve privacy and avoid problems such as sexting and cyber-bullying. Here is some useful information to help parents develop their own rules for safely monitoring and setting limits on the use of technology by their children.
Click here to download the full media release.
Click here to see a fact sheet about Children & Technology: A Parent’s Guide.
Click here to view a flyer detailing information on the presentation February 3rd, 2014 at Jackson Creek Middle School.
Visit the Foundation of Monroe County Community Schools at www.mccsfoundation.org.
Never Leave A Child Unattended
Monroe County Prosecuting Attorney Chris Gaal organized the “Never Leave A Child Unattended” public education campaign to create greater community awareness of the potential harms that may result from leaving children unattended, including the threat of abduction, heat stroke, wandering off, and drowning. The specific goal of the campaign was to reduce the number of cases of children being left unattended in vehicles.
Click here to download a printable version of the poster.
Learn more at www.neverleaveachildunattended.org.
Child Advocacy Center
“Child Advocacy Centers are widely-recognized as the best practice for conducting an interview with a child victim or witness. The prosecutor’s job is to seek the truth, so it is extremely important that allegations of child abuse are investigated in a way that provides the most credible information possible. An interview conducted by a trained professional using a child-appropriate forensic protocol is the method most likely to result in reliable information that will enable the prosecutor to make a wise charging decision, and where the evidence warrants to successfully prosecute a case to obtain justice.” – Chris Gaal, Monroe County Prosecuting Attorney
In the Spring of 2010 Bloomington’s Child Advocacy Center (CAC), Susie’s Place, opened its doors for the first time. Since then a trained professional has interviewed hundred of children in a neutral, comfortable and child-friendly environment. The CAC has enabled a multidisciplinary team to thoroughly investigate allegations of abuse and neglect, has brought together the professionals and agencies needed to offer comprehensive services, and has strengthened the community’s ability to nurture and protect children.
The existence of a child advocacy center in our community was the result of a year-long organizing effort by key stakeholders working together to create this important new resource. Since the center came online, Bloomington hosted a “Finding Words” training to ensure that team-members were familiar with the best-practice protocol used at the center for conducting child interviews. In 2011, Bloomington also hosted a three-day “Justice in Our Communities” training sponsored by the prestigious National District Attorneys Association (NDAA) National Center for Prosecution of Child Abuse.
The Office of the Monroe County Prosecuting Attorney continues to participate in the multidisciplinary team at our local child advocacy center, and remains committed to continual improvements in the ability of our community to respond effectively to allegations of child abuse and neglect.
Learn more about our local child advocacy center by visiting the Susie’s Place website: www.susiesplace.org.
Prevent Child Abuse Indiana – NET (Nurture, Engage, Transform)
The Asset Building Coalition of Monroe County (ABC) and the Monroe County Prosecutor’s Office coordinated efforts to create a new resource designed to focus on preventing child abuse and neglect. The result is the newly formed Monroe County chartered council of Prevent Child Abuse Indiana. ABC serves as the parent organization of the Council, named NET—Nurture, Engage, Transform.
Learn more at: www.pcain.org.