New report calls for more funding to prevent child abuse in Monroe Co.

November 13, 2017 06:46 PM

Local faith leaders, doctors and child advocates are pushing to fight child abuse following several high profile cases in Monroe County like Brook Stagles' death.

They released a new policy brief highlighting the need for funding in the 2018 Monroe County budget for evidence-based prevention programming.

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Specifically, the report calls to restore $1.7 million that's been cut from child abuse preventative initiatives since 2014. Since then the report found reports to Child Protective Services increased by 32 percent.

"An unnamed girl that survived an attempted poisoning by her grandmother," says Dr. Dave Topa. "Zayden Phillips, Brook Stagles, these are the children that were harmed or killed by adults that they knew whose stories have appeared in the paper in the past five days alone."

"It's more important to prevent abuse and neglect than to deal with it after the fact," says John Rabish, Federation of Social Workers.

Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo recently announced an eight-point plan to address child abuse in Rochester and strengthen Child Protective Services. She will present the county budget on Tuesday.


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