Health care groups and other organizations in Kentucky and Indiana are launching an effort aimed at better protecting children from abuse and neglect.
The Partnership to Eliminate Child Abuse includes Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville, which hosted an announcement today regarding an educational and awareness campaign addressing the problem.
Allison Ellis is participating in the effort. Her nine-month old granddaughter, Karlie, died in 2009 after she was abused by a family friend. She says no expense or resource should be spared in protecting children.
“They have every right to grow up in a safe and healthy environment. So there should be no budget worries, manpower, or whatever the excuse for lack of investigation. (It) is unexcusable,” she said.
Officials say Kentucky’s child abuse death rate of 30 to 40 per year is among the nation’s highest.
The partnership’s materials include information about anger management and how to look for signs of abuse.