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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 30, 2004
CONTACT: Faith Jackson
Office of University Relations
(908) 737-NEWS

Kean University to Host Forum on Preventing Child Abuse

UNION, N.J. – –All are invited to attend a free forum, titled Protecting Our Children. Take Action: Recognize, Reach Out, Refer, on Wednesday, April 21, at 6 p.m. in Kean University’s Little Theatre, University Center, 1000 Morris Avenue, Union, N.J.

The keynote speaker is Dr. Janet Rosenzweig, executive director of Prevent Child Abuse – New Jersey (PCA-NJ), who will give a presentation about the problem of child abuse and neglect and encourage discussion about the most effective tools to help communities and families keep young people safe from harm. Founded in 1979, PCA-NJ is an affiliate of Prevent Child Abuse America, a national coordinating body for chapters in 38 states. Its mission is to eliminate physical, sexual and emotional child abuse and neglect.

“As leaders in education, we believe it is important to create opportunities to discuss the prevention of child abuse,” said Ann MacVicar, director of the Kean University Child Care Center, who is also a PCA-NJ board member. “With 40,000 cases of abuse reported each year to the New Jersey Division of Youth and Family Services, I hope this event will facilitate educators, parents and communities as they work to reverse this heartbreaking trend.”

The program is co-sponsored by the Kean University Child Care Center Community Involvement Committee and PCA-NJ. Light refreshments will be served in the Pre-function Lobby prior to the presentation at 5:30 p.m. For more information, contact MacVicar at (908) 737-5302.