Washington County Children Services helps host a day centered around raising awareness about foster care and adoption as well as preventing child abuse.
The first ever Child Abuse and Foster Care Awareness Walk shows just how powerful adults can be in the life of a child. However, that power can sometimes lead to negativity in the form of abuse.
"A lot of people don't know how prevalent it [child abuse] is even in Washington County," explains Stephanie Amrine, a Protective Case Worker.
Amrine says the first step to putting an end to child abuse is speaking up- even though the decision to do so can be difficult.
"It's difficult sometimes for people to call and make that first step. But unless its reported we don't know about it," Amrine explains. "Raising awareness and getting the public to make the calls, make the referrals, that's the first step."
The walk also showed community members the benefits of becoming a foster or adoptive parent.
"It's been the best thing I've ever done," explains foster and adoptive mother Dieatra Dearth. "I've had over 22 kids in my home. They've all been wonderful kids. It's the best thing I've ever done."
Proof of how profound a foster or adoptive parent is in a young life can be seen in the children. Selena Wiggins explains how her adoption has changed her young life.
"I'm adopted with Kathy and Leonard and I would like to say a few things... my mom and my dad took really good care of me after my mom gave me away to another person so they put me in foster care and they found me a great home," Selena says.
That was the goal of the walk- to find each child a loving home.
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