Decatur County Carl Perkins Center's cover photo
Our mission it to provide support to families in preventing and dealing with child abuse in West Tennessee.
Provide services and support to families in order to prevent and treat cases of abuse
Decatur County Carl Perkins Center's cover photo
We were unable to have our appreciation breakfast for our Child Protection Investigative Team (CPIT) this year but we didn't want to miss a chance to thank those that we are blessed to work with in keeping children safe. Our CPIT Team is made up of professionals from the District Attorneys Office, Dept. of Children's Services, Law Enforcement Investigators, Juvenile Court, medical community and the Child Advocacy Center. Thank you all for your role and investing in the safety of our county's children!
What is the role of a Safe Adult?
A Safe Adult needs to understand that if a child tells them they have been hurt, or if they suspect a child is being hurt or is unsafe, they need to act in the best interest of the child. It is an adult’s responsibility to protect children. They can help by:
- listening carefully to what the child tells them.
- telling the child they believe them.
- being aware of uncomfortable feelings and controlling their
own emotions if a child discloses abuse.
- acting right away to help the child:
- report bullying to the school or organization where it
- report abusive behaviors to DCS Central Intake
(1-877-237-0004) or to local law enforcement.
Today we want to say thank you to our teachers. We know how much you care about "your kids", and we appreciate the great lengths you go to in order to make sure they are protected. Never underestimate how important you are to them, for many you may be the only one they feel safe with. Our hats are off to you and thank you for being great partners in the fight against child abuse! Did you know...
"For FY 2017, nearly two-thirds (65.7 percent) of all
reports of alleged child abuse or neglect were made by
professionals. The term “professional” means that the
person who was the source of the report had contact
with the alleged child maltreatment victim as part of
their job. The most common professional reporting source
was teachers and education personnel." Thank you for your willingness to be involved.
Our Child Abuse Prevention Month plans sure changed a lot this year and we didn't circulate our shirt order form as much as usual, but we have had some to ask so we are circulating again. We will be placing another order on Friday so if you would like to order one let us know and we will get you one ordered!
Part of our goal during Child Abuse Prevention Month is to simply say "thank you" to those that do so much in supporting our mission in improving the lives of the children we serve. Today we want to thank our local businesses who give back so selflessly to our community. We are so grateful for your generosity and can't begin to tell you just how important you are to what we do. We truly appreciate you all!
When it comes to child sexual abuse,reactions from "safe" adults often are in the form of denial, or even a claim a child is lying. Numerous studies show however that children almost never lie when it comes to matters of sexual abuse. Take time to recognize the warning signs and remember to be a good listener to what a child is telling you, either with their words or behaviors.
Thank you to the City of Parsons and Decatur Co. Chamber of Commerce for helping spread awareness for Child Abuse Prevention Month! Be sure to check out the signs at the Municipal Building and Fairgrounds.
With schools moving to digital learning, your kids may be spending more time online. Whether playing games, having class, or socializing with friends, they are in front of a screen more than normal.
For now, this is our new normal. So, how do you ensure they are staying safe online? Just like you would if your children were going to a friend's house, it's important to set some ground rules, be proactive, and keep the lines of communication open.
Here are some tips and suggestions:
• Discuss how these new scenarios will affect your current device and internet rules and establish clear guidelines on which sites, apps, and downloads they can access.
• If your child is doing virtual learning, be sure to connect with his/her teacher and school to get the specifications of what software and platforms they will be using and familiarize yourself with them.
• If possible, connect with your children before, during, and after online use. Know who they will be with virtually, where they are going virtually, and what they will be doing.
• Online enticement happens across all platforms so ask questions, research, and be involved in your kid’s online games and apps. Ask them to show you how they use them and do it together.
Tia Morris wore blue for child abuse prevention today! She knows how important her children are, and we are all striving to make sure the kids in our community are in a safe loving environment. Together we are making a difference!
Board member Miranda Taylor Johnson wore blue today for Child Abuse Prevention! We appreciate everyone "loving this place"! We couldn't do it without great folks in our community, awesome board and staff! Thank y'all for creating a wave of awareness!
Board Member Samantha Lindemann is always ready to jump in and do whatever is needed to help the children served by the Center! Thank you Sam for wearing blue for Child Abuse Prevention!
This is so cool to see all these blue shirts posted today! Thank you Angela Wheatley for helping raise awareness for prevention!
Awesome job raising awareness for Child Abuse Prevention Month from these young ladies from 1852 Dance! Big thanks to Board Member Miranda Johnson for getting these pics together. Great job ladies!
Thank you to our friends at Savell Dentistry for wearing blue for child abuse prevention! Dr. Lauren Savell is our Advisory Board Vice-President and always goes above and beyond to support the children we serve!
We are proud to support Carl Perkins's Wear Blue Thursday, raising awareness of child abuse! Prevent Child Abuse!
Thank you Representative Kirk Haston for wearing blue for Child Abuse Prevention!! The folks in Decatur, Henderson and Chester Counties appreciate all you do!
Wear blue today for Carl Perkins Center Prevent Child Abuse Day. #noexcuse4abuse
Today is our day folks, let's get it started and start a wave for child abuse prevention!
When a child discloses abuse, they are saying they trust you and believe you can help. Please remember how important your reaction to their disclosure is and following these simple suggestions will help so much. Don't be afraid to get involved, you may be the one to change the course of a child's life!
Taking time for our kids is so important for all of us. Here are some simple things for all of us to engage in with our children to build a stronger bond and teach them how much we value them. They are worth it!
APRIL IS CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH
The Decatur County Carl Perkins Center is designating Thursday, April 9 as WearBlue4You day! We invite community members, businesses, organizations, EVERYONE to wear blue, post pics on social media, use #wearblue4you and #noexcuse4abuse to create awareness and drive excitement around ENDING Child Abuse in Decatur County. Please LIKE our FB page and stay connected throughout April and all year long!
Decatur County Carl Perkins Center's cover photo
It shouldn't hurt to be a child! As most of us are probably attuned to social media than ever before, we invite and encourage you to learn more about the signs of abuse. Most often children are hurt by someone they know and love, and often may conceal the abuse to "protect" their abuser. If something doesn't seem right, there may be a reason.
Due to the governor's stay at home order announced this afternoon, our Social Distancing Egg Hunt has been cancelled. While we are very disappointed we will not be able to continue with those plans, we want to thank the Decatur County Chamber and businesses that reached out to participate. Better days are coming and we will plan to do this next year! Stay safe everyone, we hope to be through this rough period soon. Continue to watch our page as we continue to raise awareness of child abuse and how you can help prevent it!
"Imagine a World Without Child Abuse" is our theme for Child Abuse Prevention Month. It is a wonderful thought to imagine a child not living in fear of being harmed; being protected by the people they know, love and trust. Together, we can work to make this a reality, one child at a time. During these unprecedented times, where children are isolated, it is as important as ever to be vigilant when it comes to protecting children. If you know or suspect abuse contact the Department of Children’s Services hotline at 1-877-237-0004. You can also go to the Tennessee State website and submit an electronic report! Do your part and report!! We are all responsible for protecting children!!
Madison Carl Perkins
Please SHARE! We currently have a STRONG NEED for TEMPORAL THERMOMETERS. The forensic interviewers employed by the Center are emergency responders and are currently working to cover all of rural West Tennessee. We are in need of temporal thermometers (one per forensic interviewer). If anyone has one they'd be willing to donate, we would be forever grateful! Please contact 422-6464 if you are able to assist! We thank you in advance for your continued support!
We kicked off National Child Abuse Prevention Month with County Mayor Mike Creasy making this proclamation for Decatur County. We are very thankful for the support of Decatur Co. government, citizens and partner agencies that work together to serve the children in our community!
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. While many things have changed in the last few weeks, the need to protect our children has not...and will not! Please join us throughout the month as we continue to raise awareness and educate the public through our page, website and maybe even a fun social distancing activity or two! We encourage you to take this time to learn more about spotting the signs of abuse, how to report and most important how to prevent.
In keeping with the CDC recommendations in order to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, we are postponing the 2020 Daddy / Daughter Dance at this time. We are terribly sorry to disappoint anyone that planned on attending as it is one of the highlights of our year. We will re-assess in a few weeks to determine if we will reschedule or cancel. It is important for us all to do our part and hopefully soon we will be able to get back in the swing of things!
Child Abuse Prevention Month is right around the corner! For our theme this April, we want you to "Imagine a World Without Child Abuse". Support our mission to prevent child abuse by ordering a t-shirt & bring awareness to our community. We will be placing orders each Friday. Call us at 847-4020 to order.
Thank you for helping us reach 2000 likes! Keep them coming!
We are only four page "likes" away from reaching 2,000!! If you haven't already done so, please go and "like" our page to help us reach this milestone! We appreciate all of you who follow our page!
Be sure to check out the Miss Riverside Pageant!
Dancing with the Decatur Co. Stars was a night to remember! We want to thank everyone who made the night possible. Our board, student volunteers, judges, all in attendance and everyone else that had a hand making this look so good (Dale King, Shane Bridges, Cowboy Steakhouse). But these guys in the picture, what can you say? There are no words to express how much we appreciate all the work you guys did, you are truly Stars! Thank you for supporting us in our mission to serve the kids in our county and work toward the prevention of child abuse.
Tonight's the night! Can't wait to see everyone, it's going to be a blast!
We have had several questions about our Daddy / Daughter Dance, so mark your calendars for Saturday, April 18th from 5:00 - 6:30 at DES Gym! More information to follow soon!
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