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Activity planned for child abuse prevention month

| April 15, 2013

COSHOCTON – April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and Coshocton County Job & Family Services is recognizing the month with a family fun day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at the Coshocton County Fairgrounds. In case of rain, the event will be held Saturday, April 27.

“Each county in Ohio receives $2,000 from the Ohio Children’s Trust Fund to promote child abuse prevention month,” Randles said. “Lots of counties do different things, but we decided to focus on a day of fun for the entire family.”

 Some of the highlights of the event will be pony rides, inflatables, food and door prizes.

“The turnout has been great in the past and a lot of kids end up having fun,” Randles said.

Educational material from various agencies in the community also will be handed out.

“We want the public to become aware of the services that are available to help them,” Randles said. “There are agencies that can help you with everything from parenting to your child’s behavior. Our goal is to keep families together with children being safe.”

JFS also wants people to be comfortable calling them if they have a suspicion that a child is being abused.

“If people have a concern we encourage them to report it,” Randles said. “We encourage you to leave your name in case we need to call you back, but you can remain anonymous.”

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I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!

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