Free virtual training on how to spot child abuse offered to Harrisburg residents | #childabuse | #children | #kids

Concerned About the Children of Harrisburg is partnering with the Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance to offer city residents a free training that provides guidance on what to do in cases of suspected child abuse.

The Front Porch Project event, organized by the alliance, is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Oct. 1. It will be held virtually on Zoom. Registration is required.

“The tragic death of Kyan King prompted a call to action,” said C.A.T.C.H. co-founder Kia Hansard. “We as a community must do our part to ensure our children are safe. Knowing there were people who witnessed what was taking place and said nothing speaks to the need for education.”

King, 16, was shot and killed on Aug. 29 near 18th and Forster streets. The suspected shooter, Orlando Duarte, was arrested and charged with criminal homicide and unlawful firearm possession.

Durate is a registered sexual offender. Several witnesses the day of the shooting told officers they saw King running from Duarte naked before Duarte shot and killed the teenager.

The Front Porch Project program provides help to individuals to increase community awareness around the issue of child abuse, helps to normalize discussions about child abuse, teaches that everyone has a role in protecting children within a community, builds skills, and increases confidence to intervene to support children and families, and explores many ways that a community can take action to protect all children.

“As a result of King’s passing, C.A.T.C.H. has partnered with the Front Porch Project to provide free training to residents of the city of Harrisburg to fully understand the responsibility we have to the children in our neighborhoods and to encourage them to be more proactive, equipping them with the skills to identify when and how to get involved in situations involving a child,” Hansard said. “Our intent is to increase awareness of the importance of prevention in helping to protect our children.”

To register contact C.A.T.C.H via email at catchofhbg@gmail.com. The link to the training will be provided after registration is completed.


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