Children’s Bureau Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Abuse Prevention Program

by Joy Coordinator

Neighborhood Alliance for Child Safety (NACS) program will celebrate the program’s 10th anniversary on Wednesday, June 3rd at an open house from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. The presentation at 1:30 will include special guest speakers, James W. Payne, Judge, Director of the Indiana Department of Child Services and Ron Carpenter, President and CEO of Children’s Bureau, Inc. The event will take place at the first NACS office located at 2001 W. Washington Street.

The collaborative Neighborhood Alliance for Child Safety (NACS) program has provided service to neighborhoods near downtown Indianapolis since 1999. In 2006, the NACS program model was been recognized and duplicated throughout the state as an exemplary family support program. The expanded services, named Community Partners for Child Safety, are provided throughout Indiana and served more than 1800 families in 2007.

“10 years of NACS services means that thousands of families have benefited from the coping, counseling and intervention skills that the program provides,” said Children’s Bureau President and CEO, Ron D. Carpenter. “This means stronger families, safer kids and a better community for everyone.”

The NACS program assures the well being of children and their families by connecting them with appropriate local neighborhood resources and services. NACS works to reduce child abuse and neglect, raise awareness of the problem within the community, and increase community involvement in the reporting, monitoring and prevention of child abuse and neglect.

Families in the program receive free home-based counseling and case management services, parent support and education, crisis assistance, and other aid that helps them cope with challenges that may lead to family dysfunction. NACS voluntarily works with families when abuse is reported but not substantiated or when there is insufficient cause to investigate an allegation of child abuse or neglect.