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Title: CHILD ABUSE In Tifton and Tift County, Georgia

CHILD ABUSEIn Tifton and Tift County, Georgia
  • By
  • Tracy Dyal
  • PADM 7240
  • Public Administration and Community Based
  • Summer 2005

Child Abuse is on the Rise in Tift County
  • One major reason for this is that reporting is
    better due to new programs being implemented,
    rather than there are more abuses occurring.
  • New laws have also been introduce that require
    more people to report suspected cases of child
  • New programs have been initiated in the schools
    that provide students with more information.

What is Child Abuse? - 1
  • Physical abuse when a parent or caretaker
    inflicts physical injury or death by other than
    accidental means
  • Sexual abuse when a person employs, uses,
    persuades, induces, entices, or coerces any minor
    who is not that persons spouse to engage in any
    act which involves sexual intercourse,
    bestiality, and masturbation, to name a few.

What is Child Abuse? -2
  • Neglect of a child by a parent or caretaker by
    not providing basic essentials for physical,
    social and emotional development.
  • Emotional Abuse verbal abuse or other behavior
    that creates a negative emotional atmosphere for
    a child, for example, rejecting, terrorizing,
    unreasonable demands, and shameful forms of
  • Source 2005 GA Criminal Law 19-7-5
  • Source Prevent Child Abuse Georgia

Mandated Reporters of Child Abuse
  • The following is a list of persons having
    reasonable cause to believe that a child has been
    abused that must report the abuse to the
  • Physicians, interns, residents, or dentists
  • Hospital or medical personnel including Nurses
    (RNs and LPNs)
  • Professional counselors, social workers, or
    marriage and family therapists
  • Licensed psychologists
  • School teachers, administrators, guidance
    counselors, social workers, or psychologists
  • Child welfare agency personnel
  • Child-counseling personnel
  • Child service organization personnel
  • Law enforcement personnel
  • Source 2005 GA Criminal Law 19-7-5

Child Abuse and Neglect 1999 2003
Although this data does not show the reported
child abuse and neglect cases increasing, I was
unable to obtain data from 2004 and 2005, but my
source explains this is the case. Sources
Detective McMillan, Tift County Sheriffs
Department, and the Annie E. Casey Foundations
Government Agencies Community Organizations and
  • Department of Family Children Services
  • Child Abuse Council
  • Tift County Commission on Children Youth
  • The National Childrens Advocacy Center
  • Ruths Cottage
  • The Patticake House
  • The Exchange Club of America
  • Circle K No Excuse for Abuse

Division of Family Children Services (DFCS)
  • A division of the Department of Human Services
  • Responsible for investigating child abuse
  • Responsible for finding foster care for neglected
    or abused children
  • Believes that children have the right to grow up
    in a stable home in a safe and healthy
    environment and not to be abused or neglected
  • http//
  • Source Department of Family Children Services

Child Abuse Council
  • This organization sponsors many programs in the
    educating and preventing of child abuse in
    collaboration with other nonprofit organizations
  • April is Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness
    Month as well as the time when most fundraising
  • Funds are received through various fundraising
    functions, membership drives, United Way,
    businesses, groups, and individuals
  • No website has been created at this time
  • Source Interview with Lilly McEntyre, Child
    Abuse Council

Tift County Commission on Children Youth (TCCCY)
  • A collaborative body that coordinates services
    and programs for children and families in Tift
  • Works in conjunction with Georgias Family
    Connection Partnership to address the serious
    challenges facing Georgias families and children
  • One goal of TCCCY is All Children will be free
    of abuse, neglect, and domestic violence
  • A benchmark for this goal is to reduce the rate
    of confirmed child abuse and neglect in Tift
  • Source Tift County Commission on Children
  • Source Family Connection Partnership

National Childrens Advocacy Center
  • A nonprofit organization that provides education,
    training, and professional services in the form
  • Prevention, Intervention, and Therapy
  • Family Advocate Program helps non-offending
    caregivers act in support of and protection for
    the alleged victim, responsively
  • Forensic Evaluation used to gather information
    about the alleged abuse to determine if the abuse
    actually occurred.
  • Child Forensic Interview used to allow the
    child to express in his/her own words and
    communication skills to explain what happened.
  • Forensic Therapy facilitates the healing
    process in abused children
  • Source National Childrens Advocacy Centers

Ruths Cottage
  • Deals with domestic violence, child advocacy, and
    sexual abuse in Tift, Turner, Worth, and Irwin
  • Part of the Mission statement is to endchild
    sexual and physical abuse throughinvestigation,
    advocacy, and support
  • Developed the Patticake House as a Child Advocacy
    Center to help serve the needs of abused and
    neglected children
  • Sources Sandra Wright, Administrative Assistant
    at Ruths Cottage and the Ruths Cottage web site.

Patticake House - 1
  • The Patticake House is a newly created Child
    Advocacy Center serving Tift, Turner, Irwin, and
    Worth counties.
  • Director came on board just 4 weeks ago and is in
    the process of hiring a Forensic Interviewer and
    setting up processes and procedures and will then
    hire a Services Coordinator as well as a Forensic
  • Take referrals from DFCS or law enforcement
  • Child is interviewed within 24 hours of incident
    with the Forensic Interviewer in the room and
    representatives from the DAs office, law
    enforcement, and DFCS while the interview is

Patticake House - 2
  • The team of observers meet to discuss what the
    next step should be for the child and alleged
    abuser gathering more evidence, getting a
    search warrant, and determining if there is a
  • A Services Coordinator then works with the family
    and gives referrals for follow-up and therapy
    (victims assistance)
  • Each Child Advocacy Center is structured
    similarly, but have differences based on the
    needs of the community and resources available,
    as well as how it got started
  • Web site is not up as of yet, but some
    information may be found at Ruths Cottages
  • Source Interview with Ina Woodruff, Director of
    Patticake House

Exchange Club of America
  • The Prevention of Child Abuse is the Exchange
    Clubs one national project.
  • Projects include educating and assisting in the
    on-going battle of child abuse in the region
  • Held an Antique Auto Raffle in order to raise
    money to help reach their goals
  • Sponsor fundraisers in conjunction with the Child
    Abuse Council
  • http//
  • Source Exchange Club of Tiftons website

Circle K at ABAC
  • A student organization at Abraham Baldwin
    Agricultural College
  • Collects teddy bears to give to others, including
    abused and neglected children in Tift County and
    other surrounding areas
  • Sponsored a 5K run in their campaign No Excuse
    for Abuse in 2004 and 2005, in conjunction with
    the Child Abuse Council
  • Source Circle Ks website at ABAC

Ways to Help
  • Get to know your neighbors
  • Reach out to families and children in your
  • Volunteer to support children and families
  • Encourage child- and family-serving agencies you
    are involved with to do something about child
  • Be an active community member
  • Get involved with the local child abuse
    prevention agency or collaborative in your
  • Become an advocate
  • Make a donation to organizations that serve
    children and families
  • If you suspect child abuse, report it
  • Source Prevent Child Abuse Georgia

Red Flag, Green Flag
  • Program created by The Rape and Abuse Crisis
    Center in Fargo, ND in 1986
  • Objective is to teach children to recognize
    abusive situations, especially sexual abuse,
    respond assertively responses in situations of
    abuse, and to tell adults about the abuse until
    someone listens to them
  • Source Prevention Programs Child Sexual Abuse

Red Flag, Green Flag in Tift County
  • Sponsored by the Child Abuse Council to educate
    2nd graders in Tift County about Good Touches and
    Bad Touches
  • Each child is given a booklet that is read by a
    member of the Child Abuse Council
  • A DFCS representative and school counselor are
    present to assist the teacher and students
  • Each child works in the booklet and identifies if
    they were touched in any hurtful ways
  • The DFCS representative can then review what each
    child portrays and make decisions on whether the
    child may have been sexually or physically abused
  • Source Interview Lilly McEntyre via telephone

Its Okay to Tell
  • Another Child Abuse Council sponsored program
    that is presented to all 3rd graders in Tift
  • The program is a puppet show, featuring ABAC
    education students as the puppeteers
  • A DFCS representative is again present to answer
    any questions and to help catch those children
    that they suspect are or have been abused
  • Source Interview with Lilly McEntyre via

Cooperation between Community Organizations and
  • The following organizations are 501(c)(3) and
    receive tax breaks from the local, state, and
    federal governments
  • Ruths Cottage
  • Patticake House
  • Tift County Commission on Children and Youth
  • Child Abuse Council
  • The Child Abuse Council works with DFCS and the
    local school system to educate children about
    child abuse
  • Ruths Cottage and Patticake House apply and
    receive grants to assist in funding the programs
    within the organizations
  • The Local government gives 5 of funds levied
    from fines in the circuit courts with a time
    limit for spending the money to both

Nonprofits Complementary to Government
  • The nonprofit organizations that provide
    assistance to child abuse victims, as well as,
    educate parents and children, work as complements
    to the government
  • Viewed as partners with the government by
    assisting in the delivery of public services with
    large financial assistance from the government
    (Boris, p 33) through grants and tax-related

Room for Improvement - 1
  • The development of The Patticake House is the
    first step in the right direction
  • For Tift and other surrounding counties to have
    their own local child advocacy center will enable
    more children who are abused to get the help they
  • Improvements can always be made in the
    fundraising efforts by targeting more businesses
    and local citizens
  • Improvements can also be made in recruiting
    processes for volunteers to help the children in
    the community that are being abused
  • Educating the school children as well as parents
    can be increased in most areas

Room for Improvement 2
  • The government and nonprofit organizations seem
    to cooperate with no real conflict
  • In the multiple interviews conducted, not one
    source had anything bad to say about the other
    organizations, nonprofit or government
  • The groups in Tift county are working together to
    prevent and detect child abuse by educating the

References 1
  • Annie E. Casey Foundation Retrieved
    June 9, 2005
  • Boris, Elizabeth T. Steuerle, C. E. (1999).
    Nonprofits Government Collaboration and
    Conflict (1st ed). Washington DC The Urban
    Institute Press
  • Circle K at ABAC Retrieved July 9,
  • Division of Family Children Services Retrieved July
    9, 2005.
  • Exchange Club of Tifton http//pages.friendlycity.
    net/exchangeclub/. Retrieved July 9, 2005.
  • Family Connection Partnership
    Retrieved June 14, 2005

References - 2
  • Interview via telephone with Lilly McEntyre,
    Child Abuse Council conducted on July 12, 2005
  • Interview via e-mail with Detective Melissa
    McMillan, Tift County Sheriff's Office conducted
    on June 13 17, 2005
  • Interview via telephone with Ina Woodruff,
    Director of Patticake House conducted on July 11,
  • Interview via telephone with Sandra Wright,
    Administrative Assistance at Ruths Cottage
    conducted on June 14, 2005
  • National Childrens Advocacy Center Retrieved June 16, 2005

References - 3
  • Prevention Programs Child Sexual Abuse
    /reviewprog/childsxprogs.htm Retrieved July 12,
  • Ruths Cottage Retrieved
    June 14, 2005
  • Tift County Commission on Children Youth
    Retrieved June 14, 2005