In Wayne County, Indiana, the rate of substantiated cases of child abuse and neglect in 2001 exceeded the state average, with the number of reports of child abuse rising 35% from 2000 to 2001.  Additionally, Wayne County saw three child fatalities in 2001 due to abuse and neglect[1].  This state of affairs for Wayne County children was the impetus behind the formation of a task force in 2002 to explore the creation of a children’s advocacy center to change these regrettable and unacceptable statistics.  501(c)(3) status was awarded to The Children’s Justice and Advocacy Center, Inc. in April 2003.  The mission and purpose of the Children’s Justice and Advocacy Center is the prevention and prosecution of child abuse......

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