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Child abuse awareness

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Child abuse reports rise just as county officials bring attention to the cause during Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month.

Cyndi Scanland of Allen County Children Services speaking to members of the Lima Exchange Club about a new type of response to abuse cases. Scanland says calls concerning abuse typically rise in March and remain high towards the end of the school year. They also tend to increase just as students return to school in the fall, however, Allen County is trying to reduce those numbers as part of a pilot program called Differential Response.

The county has participated in the program since June of last year. Scanland says studies of similar programs have shown a decrease in repeat offenders. The goal is to have the program available throughout Ohio within a couple of years. Allen County Children Services investigated 928 cases of maltreatment in 2012.

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