VISIONS talk child abuse, neglect

Events slated in county, cities

The Council of Van Zandt County Communities met at the Van Zandt Country Club in Canton March 14. The VISIONS group heard a presentation from Dr. Dana Harader, executive director of the Children’s Advocacy Center of VZC and Brad Blakemore, publisher of the Van Zandt News.

Dr. Harader has an “extensive,” background in working with children and youth with emotional disturbances in school and mental health facilities.

Dr. Harader and Blakemore both spoke on IMPACT Van Zandt, an organization that has a goal of “

reducing the number of children affected by child abuse and neglect by joining together to cross promote resources, obtain needed resources and gain community awareness throughout the year.”

The IMPACT Van Zandt team has been speaking to civic organizations, churches, businesses and anywhere they can find a group of citizens willing to listen and help solve the problem of child abuse.

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