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Conference focus on youth resiliency

Local - 5/15/2014 11:07 AM by Stuart Hammer

OAK HILL – Officials say child abuse is a big problem in West Virginia, but they're aiming to help kids bounce back from tough times.

The Child Advocacy Center “Just for Kids” program is hosting its 4th annual Family Awareness Conference Thursday at the Lewis Center in Oak Hill. This year's topic is focusing on youth resiliency.

Speakers discussed ways adults can put themselves in a position to help children recover from abuse and neglect.

Parents, teachers, social workers, nurses, and students were all in attendance, and Director Scott Miller says the conference is all about what we can do differently to make lives better.

“It's really about giving the whole community awareness, whether you're a social worker or counselor, or teacher, what can we do better?” says Miller.

There are 20 child advocacy centers in the state, and Miller says last year more than 3,000 children were assisted in recovery.


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