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Child abuse, neglect, focus of community awareness effort in April


policeA coalition of community groups are working to raise awareness of child abuse and neglect in the Greater Augusta community in the month of April.

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and Blue Ridge SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now) – including the Child Advocacy Center, Department of Social Services, CASA, and the Central Shenandoah Office on Youth – will be putting up pinwheel displays at locations including the Waynesboro Library, Augusta County Library and Augusta County Sheriff’s Office, and will be placing blue ribbons to trees at locations across the region to put focus on the issue.

According to Blue Ridge SCAN, 909 investigations into alleged child abuse or neglect were undertaken by the Department of Social Services in Augusta County, Staunton and Waynesboro in 2018.

Blue Ridge SCAN events in April/May 2019

  • Friday, April 5: Wear Blue Day
  • Friday, April 5: Valley Children’s Advocacy Center Ribbon Cutting and Open House – 11:00am
  • Sunday, April 7: Family Funday at Embrace Waynesboro, 932 Fir St. – 1:00 – 3:00 pm
  • Monday, April 8: Waynesboro City Council Proclamation Reading
  • Wednesday, April 10: Augusta County Board of Supervisors Proclamation Reading
  • Thursday, April 12: Staunton City Council Proclamation Reading
  • Saturday, April 13: Valley Children’s Advocacy Center Annual Spring Gala at Red August Farm
  • Tuesday, April 16: Blue Ridge CASA presents “Undeniable Volunteering” Brown Bag Lunch, Icehouse Building, JMU
  • Thursday, April 18: “The Tale” Screening and Community Discussion, Francis Auditorium, MBU – 6:00pm
  • Thursday, April 25: Virginia Summit on Trauma and Resilience, Greater Richmond Convention Center, Richmond
  • Saturday, April 27: Sexual Assault Awareness Brunch, Frontier Culture Museum
  • Sunday, April 28: CASA Blues Benefit Concert, Frontier Culture Museum
  • Tuesday, April 30: Stewards of Children and Mandated Reporter Training at Valley Children’s Advocacy Center
  • Saturday, May 11: Kids Matter Day – Gypsy Hill Park Staunton – 10:00am – 1:00pm



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