Join the Fight Against Child Abuse
This month, organizations around the country are raising awareness for the millions of children who are referred to child protective services each year. And we want to help—because, in 2015, an estimated 1,670 children in this country died from abuse and neglect. That’s 1,670 too many. Below, we’ve highlighted a few organizations who are protecting children in western Kentucky so they can avoid or recover from abuse and go on to live healthy and productive lives. Each one needs your support and prayer. We encourage you to help them by joining the fight against child abuse.
Based in Paducah, Child Watch helps prevent child abuse and promotes healthy families through advocacy, education, and treatment. They offer counseling services to children and teenagers who have suffered various types of trauma, and they operate educational and community outreach programs to train children and the general public on identifying and preventing mistreatment. The organization also works with Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of McCracken County to advocate for local children involved in neglect or abuse cases.
Merryman House Domestic Crisis Center
The Merryman House is a comprehensive advocacy and support center that addresses the needs of abused individuals and families. It offers a variety of services that provide holistic care to trauma survivors—from medical assistance to therapy to credit repair education and microloans. It also caters to the health and wellbeing of children. The Merryman House provides boys and girls with physical and mental healthcare, along with other services like homework assistance, and art exposure. Those who stay at the Merryman House for a while even enjoy special treats like Christmas parties and trips to the Carson Center for shows.
Lotus serves western Kentucky as a sexual violence and children’s advocacy center. The organization helps trauma survivors find medical assistance, legal advocacy, and restorative therapy. It also works with child protective services, law enforcement, medical and legal teams, and other partners to make sure abused and neglected children get the care they need. Its Child Advocacy Center helps interview boys and girls who may have been abused and then offers children and their families advocacy, medical exams, specialized therapy, court preparation, and more.