As leaders in the faith community we have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of families. Child abuse and neglect are tragic realities in any community.
I have had the opportunity to serve on the Citizen Review Panel for Child Protective Service in Outagamie County for the past 11 years. Andrea Albert-Buss and I have served as Co-Chairs of this panel in recent years. This panel reviews the systems in place to protect our children and families.
Part of our responsibility is to educate the people of the community about issues of child abuse and neglect. We also need to receive input from the community to understand the perceptions and needs related to these issues.
In an effort to fulfill these responsibilities, a Town Hall meeting will be held on April 30th, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Valley Baptist Church, 3600 N Chippewa Street, Appleton. At the meeting a panel consisting of the two Citizen Review Panel Co-Chairs, representatives from Children, Youth and Family Services, Law Enforcement and Foster Care will provide information and respond to questions.
A presentation will also be given regarding reporting child abuse and neglect. Since 2004 clergy have been included as mandatory reporters for child sexual abuse. Judy Hugg, from Child, Youth and Family will give guidelines for reporting and answer questions related to reporting child abuse and neglect.
We would love to have your input on this vital subject. Please come and encourage those under your care to come to both learn about the issues and contribution to the solution of protecting one of our most valuable resources—our children.
Co-Chair Citizen Review Panel