Children’s advocacy centers across the state are being celebrated.
The Arkansas House of Representatives passed a bill on March 13 proclaiming April 11 as “Children’s Advocacy Center Day'” in the Natural State as part of National Child Abuse Awareness Month.
In 2018, there were over 6,000 children that were victims of abuse and were treated at the 17 centers in Arkansas.
Casey Atwood, program director at the Children’s Safety Center, explains the importance of having the center in Washington County.
“So for us, we really believe that when our numbers are increasing, that is because of awareness and education that children are starting to be able to tell,” Atwood said.
The first children’s advocacy center in the state opened in 1997 in Springdale. In 2018, the Children’s Safety Center in Washington County saw 838 alleged child abuse victims.