April Press Release: Child Abuse Prevention

Friday, April 1, 2016
For Release: April 2016
Contact Info:
Ted Parsons – CACS Board of Directors – Vice Chair
Becky Grandpre – TFC Director
605-224-5011 ext 3104

RECOGNIZING CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH
We Can All Play a Part to Better Our Community

PIERRE, SD – [April 1st 2016] – The Board of Directors and staff at CACS recognize April as Child Abuse Prevention Month and hope to increase the awareness of child abuse issues dealt with in Central South Dakota. The local communities can work together to prevent abuse and neglect of future generations. Prevention is possible and is the key to building a better and stronger support system within the community. The staff at the Therapeutic Foster Care (TFC) program at CACS works with children each day that are dealing with the traumatic effects of child abuse.

The TFC program is a higher level of foster care that provides treatment to children are that placed in care due to abuse and neglect. “These kids have seen and are dealing with trauma that effect their daily life,” says TFC Director, Becky Grandpre. “The base cause of the abuse and neglect to these children is due to the parents that are struggling with severe drug/alcohol addictions and/or mental health issues.” The goal of the TFC Program is to provide a nurturing family-based treatment environment in which the nature and causes of a child’s emotional distress can be identified and addressed while the resulting behavior is modified.

Abuse and neglect and sensitive subjects, but it is important to be aware of the issues we are dealing with locally. The Therapeutic Foster Care Program provides care through TFC foster parents to children that have been battered, starved and are struggling with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorders. One way the community can participate is to become a therapeutic foster parent. Our TFC families are opening their homes and their hearts to increase the quality of life for these children who need it most.

The Board of Directors and staff at CACS find the community’s role in protecting children and generations to come important. CACS Board of Directors Vice-Chair Ted Parsons says: “The children we serve deserve a better future. They have seen abuse and neglect. What we show them through Therapeutic Foster Care is a different and better home environment. In doing so we hope to end the cycle of abuse in their lives.”

Learn more at and www.cacsnet.org!

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