UIS Looks to Help Recruit More Child Advocates
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WICS) —
April is Child Abuse Awareness Month.
The University of Illinois Springfield is working to recruit more students to help the most vulnerable.
The Sangamon County Child Advocacy Center officials said they see around five to seven kids a week suffering from child abuse.
UIS put on a panel to help educate students on what kind of need is out there for their expertise.
During the panel, students from the UIS child advocacy studies certification program discussed their experiences being part of this field.
There were about a dozen agencies on hand to allow students to seek internships and possible employment at their offices.
CAST's Clinical Assistant Professor Betsy Goulet told the students be prepared to do more with less funding.
"I hoped by the time when I was at this point in my life we would have made greater strides," said Goulet. "In Sangamon County, there at least every year 300 or so reports to the Child Advocacy Center for children who have been sexual abused."
CAST is one of three child advocacy programs in the country to earn approval from the national training center.
This is a way to show graduating students have already met the national recommendations to work in this field.