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quot;Hands Around the Courthouse" event will be held at noon, Thursday, April 3, in observance of Child Abuse Prevention Month.
   Everyone is invited to wear a blue ribbon and gather outside the Jefferson County Courthouse to show support.
   According to Cari¤o Bautista of Saving Grace, April is devoted to celebrating everything people can do to transform communities into places that care about and support families and children.
   "By making sure all parents in the community have access to quality childcare, affordable health services, parenting education resources, substance abuse and mental health programs, we make progress toward what the month stands for, preventing child abuse," said Bautista.
   The special month highlights these connections to work toward solutions to child abuse, and bring the problem the attention it needs.
   Bautista urged citizens to learn more about what they can do to prevent child abuse, to know the warning signs of abuse and report it, and to participate in Hands Around the Courthouse.
   For more information, contact Bautista at 475-1880.
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