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Memorials Remember Lost Children

Date: April 12, 2015 Categories: Blog

Child welfare professionals, the courts and law enforcement are constantly fighting to keep children safe, but there are still some cases where warning signs are missed or the system acts too slowly. It is estimated that approximately 1600 children die from abuse and neglect in the United States annually. According to the Child Welfare Information Gateway, the number might be even higher, as, “A recent report on national child abuse and neglect deaths in the United States estimates that approximately 50 percent of deaths reported as ‘unintentional injury deaths’ are reclassified after further investigation by medical and forensic experts as deaths due to maltreatment.”

 

To honor the children who died, events are held around the country each year during National Child Abuse Prevention Month. The Jefferson CAC has partnered up for two such events that will be held in the New Orleans metro area to remember the 31 children who died from abuse in Louisiana in 2014.

 

Light of Hope will be held on April 15th, from 1-3PM at the Lafreniere Park Pavilion in Metairie. This event, held in partnership with Jefferson CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), will include a color guard presentation, key note speakers and a ceremony honoring the 31 lives lost.

 

Trees for Life will be held on Earth Day, April 22nd, from 2-3:30 PM at the New Orleans CAC (1040 Calhoun Street). The event, held in partnership with the New Orleans CAC and the Audrey Hepburn CARE Center, will involve the sharing of trees with local community supporters in memory of each child lost in 2014.

 

Both of these events are open to the public and neither require an RSVP to attend.