Free carnival promotes child safety, strong families

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Messenger photo by Kristy Zurbrick Promoting child abuse prevention are: (front row, from left) Madison County commissioner David Dhume, Children Services administrator Robin Bruno, Children Services staffers Jessie Brann, Teresa Collins, Melissa Nunamaker, Felicia Miller and Amber Conley; (back row) Job and Family Services assistant director Steve Kaifas and county commissioners Mark Forrest and Paul Gross.
Messenger photo by Kristy Zurbrick
Promoting child abuse prevention are: (front row, from left) Madison County commissioner David Dhume, Children Services administrator Robin Bruno, Children Services staffers Jessie Brann, Teresa Collins, Melissa Nunamaker, Felicia Miller and Amber Conley; (back row) Job and Family Services assistant director Steve Kaifas and county commissioners Mark Forrest and Paul Gross.

(Posted April 14, 2015)

The Madison County Department of Job and Family Services is raising awareness about child abuse and how the community can help to decrease occurrences.

On Friday, April 17, the department is hosting a carnival from 5 to 8 p.m. at the London Community Center, 60 S. Walnut St. The free event will feature a photo booth, obstacle course, balloon animals, crafts, games, door prizes, face painting and vendors. Hot dogs, chips, drinks, popcorn, cookies and candy will be served. The purpose is to promote child safety and strengthen families.

Additionally, the department planted 463 pinwheels on the Madison County Court House lawn. Each pinwheel represents an incident of abuse reported and screened into Children Services in 2014.

On April 13, the Madison County commissioners declared April to be Child Abuse Prevention Month.

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