April is Child Abuse Awareness month and the College of Social Work’s Public Child Welfare Certification Program students have been helping others “in the bag”!
Public Child Welfare Certification Program (PCWCP) students are collecting new or gently used luggage and duffel bags for foster children in Kentucky. As of February 06, 2017, there were 7,917 children placed in out of home care. (http://chfs.ky.gov)
Due to the emergency nature of children being removed from their home there are times they do not have an opportunity to collect personal items. When children do have the opportunity to take personal belongings they are given a trash bag to fill because luggage is not readily available. What message are we sending children when we tell them their most important items go into a trash bag? These children are already vulnerable due to the abuse or neglect that occurred requiring them to be removed from their family and often placed with strangers known to them as foster parents.
Not everyone can take a foster child into their home for placement but everyone can show small acts of kindness towards foster children. Please join UK’s PCWCP students in their mission to show Kentucky foster children that they are more than belongings thrown into a trash bag by donating one new or gently used suitcase or duffle bag.
Donations will be accepted at the UK CoSW and delivered to local DCBS offices from April 3, 2017-April-28, 2017.
If you would like more information about this drive or to set up a drop off time please contact Erin Mayhorn, PCWCP Coordinator via firstname.lastname@example.org
For information about applying to the Public Child Welfare Certification Program visit contact Erin or visit https://socialwork.uky.edu/basw/public-child-welfare-certification-program/