Jones County Social Services Hosts Child Abuse Prevention Month Carnival

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TRENTON, NC (WNCT) – The Jones County Department of Social Services and the Jones County Sheriff’s Office came together to host their first annual carnival and car show on Saturday.

The objective of the event was to educate the community about child abuse which is a problem across the country.

“Well, actually, this is the very first year that we’ve held an event like this for Child Abuse Awareness Month. And it’s important for the community to know that child abuse happens all the time. We probably investigate 100, over 100 cases a year,” said Wendy Winslow, director of the Jones County Department of Social Services.

According to social services experts, more than seven million children in the United States receive child protective care each year. In Jones County, the DSS is trying to do its part to reduce child abuse by bringing families together at a carnival.

“Yes, it’s important that we raise awareness about child abuse, which can be a very difficult subject to talk about openly,” said Adrian Smith, director of health for the Jones County Health Department. “But it’s important that we bring the community together and let them know we’re here for them and give them the resources they need.”

Some of these resources at the event included child seat safety, safe sleep information, and general health department resources.

Organizers said the event also gave them the opportunity to educate people on how to become a foster family, as there is a great need in Jones County for a loving home for children. children.

“And an event like this gives everyone the opportunity to interact not only with the Department of Social Services, but also at the Sheriff’s Office in a less formal atmosphere. And so he’s not showing up at the house for a criminal complaint,” Jones County Sheriff Matt Wineman said.

Event attendees said that while this was the first Child Abuse Prevention Month event at Jones County DSS, they hope it won’t be the last. Not only because of the awareness it brought, but also because of the fun it brought to families.

For more information on preventing child abuse or becoming a foster family, visit Social Services – Jones County, North Carolina.

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