LEXINGTON, KY – Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky (PCAK) will be holding its annual KIDS ARE WORTH IT! conference Monday, August 30, and Tuesday, August 31, at the Marriott Griffin Gate. KIDS ARE WORTH IT! is Kentucky’s only annual multi-disciplinary child abuse prevention conference. The conference attracts nationally renowned and local experts and affords all participants an excellent training and educational opportunity. During the conference, volunteers across the Commonwealth will be recognized for their efforts in being a Champion for Children.
Each year, more than 60,000 children across the Commonwealth were reported as abused, neglected or in need of protective services to the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. By valuing children, supporting and educating families, and engaging communities, PCAK strives to create a comprehensive prevention program and to increase public awareness so that Kentucky’s children are free from harm and abuse.
“We feel every child deserves to be cherished and nurtured in a safe environment. Harming a child in any way is unacceptable, Jill Seyfred, PCAK Executive Director, said. “We seek to raise the value society places on children, and to prevent abuse and neglect, so that our state’s children can grow to their full potential.”
“We also believe that family members and caregivers want to be successful in raising children,” Dwayne Depp, PCAK Assistant Director, added. “We help strengthen families and prevent child abuse and neglect by providing families with the information and support they need and want.”
“The prevention of child abuse and neglect occurs most effectively at the local level, in safe and caring communities,” Mr. Depp explained. “By giving communities access to the support, education and tools they need to care for and nurture their children, we will prevent child abuse and neglect.”
“Child abuse can and must be prevented – we know part of the ‘cure’ – rests with education, awareness and community involvement,” said Ms. Seyfred. “That is why this conference is so important for the community.”