Area teens raise awareness of child abuse and neglect in Fairfield County

Public invited to participate in community art project

A community art project designed to raise child abuse awareness will take place in Stamford on Sunday, April 3, from 1-2 p.m. Local students will create a 12-foot long banner entitled “Stamford Stands Against Child Abuse” at the First Congregational Church, 1 Walton Place in Stamford (corner of Bedford Street and Prospect Street, near Latham Park).

Student volunteers from the Kids in Crisis Youth Corps and local schools as well as members of the First Congregational Church will write messages of resilience and hope, and draw and paint inspirational images. The installation serves as a visible reminder that April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and will remain on display in front of the First Congregational Church for the month of April. Students will also distribute educational materials and resource information.

The general public is invited and encouraged to participate.

“A child is abused every 60 seconds in Connecticut. That is a very sobering statistic. It is so critical to educate the community on this serious issue, and we are very proud that our local youth are leading the charge with this community art project,” said Shari Shapiro, Executive Director at Kids in Crisis.

Last year, 1,272 children abused and neglected in Fairfield County. Kids in Crisis hosts a free, confidential 24/7 Hotline – 203-661-1911 – for any child or family who needs help in abuse situations, or any crisis.

Kids in Crisis (kidsincrisis.org) is Connecticut’s only free, round-the-clock agency providing emergency shelter, crisis counseling and community educational programs for children of all ages and families dealing with a wide range of crises – domestic violence, mental health and family problems, substance abuse, economic difficulties and more. Since its founding in 1978, Kids in Crisis has helped more than 132,000 Connecticut children and families; last year, 6,184 children and families received assistance from the organization.  

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