KARE kicks off Child Abuse Prevention Month

KARE HOUSE — Abused or neglected children have a cheerful place to receive counseling.

The Fund for Haywood County and the Community Foundation of WNC have provided essential funding for trauma-informed training for the members of KARE’s multi-disciplinary team.

A $7,500 award will allow those who respond to child abuse allegations to attend the Dallas Crimes Against Children conference this summer.

Investigators, advocates, and additional personnel will be better equipped with skills and valuable information to further develop the investigative and prosecution processes for child abuse investigations in Haywood County.

The award will allow for multiple members of the team to attend. While KARE does not see every child in Haywood County, for the children that have and will work with this team, the education and experience gained will assist in shaping those children’s future.

KARE, established in 1991, is Haywood County’s child advocacy center, and the organization is committed to ending child abuse through advocacy, education and support.

In one of the top counties with the highest incidence of child physical and sexual abuse, KARE was organized in an effort to provide services and resources to those involved with child abuse investigations like the child and non-offending guardian.

KARE works with a variety of community partners throughout the investigative and court processes to by providing interviews, resource coordination, and advocacy.

The Robert Forga Family KARE House is located at 1159 N. Main St., Waynesville.

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