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Kiwanis Club hears horrors of child abuse

Child abuse is a nationwide epidemic affecting every city and town in the country, and Ellis County is not immune, said Katherine Jones, an Investigative Supervisor at the Child Protective Services (CPS) office in Ennis.
With April being Child Abuse Awareness month, Jones spoke to Ennis Kiwanis Club members at their meeting Thursday to raise awareness for the victims of child abuse and neglect.
“I don’t mean to be a downer, but the information is eye opening,” Jones said. “Sometimes disturbing information is what causes people to act.”
Every day in the United States, three children will die as a result of child abuse or neglect. In Texas, since last September, there have been 37,000 confirmed victims of child abuse. Of those, about 167 are from Ellis County. Between September 2007 and September 2008, there were 382 victims of child abuse in the county.
Currently, there are 83 children in foster care in Ellis County. Many of these children are waiting for adoption.
The goal of CPS is to keep children with their families, but many times, a child has to be removed from their home. When this happens, Jones said CPS does its best to place the child with a relative. If the child cannot be placed with a relative, he or she will enter the foster care system.

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