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Committee on Missing and Abused Children Awarded Grant

(Woodbury, NJ) – Gloucester County’s Committee on Missing and Abused (COMA) Children was awarded a $4,000 grant from the Prevent Child Abuse – New Jersey (PCA-NJ). Freeholder Director Robert Damminger and Freeholder Liaison Adam J. Taliaferro said that Gloucester County was the only southern county to be awarded a grant.  

The Committee on Missing & Abused Children will replicate the Enough Abuse Campaign throughout the community will utilize the grant. The initiative’s goal is to educate every adult in the community about the true nature and scope of the epidemic and give them the tools and knowledge they need to better protect children.

Freeholder Director Damminger said, “Studies continue to show that many parents believe the major risk of child sexual abuse involves ‘stranger danger’, when in reality, up to 90% of all cases are committed by someone known and trusted by the victim and family.”

PCA-NJ provides free training on the campaign’s curriculum, which enables local organizations to mobilize their own hyper-local initiatives in a way that can be adapted for their respective community’s needs.

Freeholder Adam Taliaferro said, “A team of volunteers from Gloucester County has completed a two-day training session and will be utilized to reach out to the Gloucester County community and provide free training sessions for groups that seek to educate adults about child sexual abuse.”  

“Child sexual abuse is a serious public health problem in New Jersey and causes devastating harm to victims. Gloucester County will be recognizing April as Child Abuse Prevention Month and participating in many events to bring light to all we can do as citizens to protect our most valuable and vulnerable resources, our children,” said Taliaferro.

Volunteers who received training from PCA-NJ to lead the ‘Enough Abuse Campaign’ were from the Youth Advocate Program, Inspira Health Network, CGS Family Partnership, Community Treatment Solutions, Robins Nest, Center for Family Services, Catholic Charities, The Arc Gloucester, Quality Care Resource & Referral, and the NJ Division of Child Protection & Permanency.

Parents groups, educators, family members, youth workers, athletic associations, faith-based, and corporate businesses are all eligible in Gloucester County for the ‘Enough Abuse Campaign’ training.

Interested parties can complete an online application at the County Department of Human Services website under the HSAC tab or call DHS at 384-6870 and ask for Enough Abuse Campaign information.