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Kids’ Hope Center Announces Pinwheel Planting
The Bay Area Hospital and the Kids’ Hope Center, together with local law enforcement agencies, will be planting 331 pinwheels in front of the Center on Wednesday, April 5th at 1pm. The Center is on the corner of 19th Street and Thompson Avenue. Each pinwheel honors and represents a child seen at the Center in 2016. In 2015, Child Protective Services, according to the Child Welfare Data Book prepared by the Office of Business Intelligence and the Oregon Department of Human Services, received 69,972 reports of abuse and neglect. 46.6 percent of the victims were younger than 6 years old.
One of the valuable services available for children who have been abused has been the Kids’ Hope Center. Children who may have been abused are interviewed in a “kid friendly” environment to determine if they have been the victim of abuse and to help them obtain the services they need to overcome the abuse and associated trauma. Last year in this county, 331 children were interviewed and received services through the Center.
Bay Area Hospital – Kids’ Hope Center, together with other community organizations will also be sponsoring the Family Fun Day and Run for the Kids on Saturday, April 29th at John Topits Park. This will be a free family friendly and tobacco free event with activities, a run and a free barbeque kicking off National Child Abuse Education and Prevention month during April.
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