Delaware County officials team up to launch program aimed at helping abused, neglected kids

DELAWARE COUNTY, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — There’s a new coalition making sure children in tough situations get the help they need, and it comes right in the middle of National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

According to Childhelp, more than 6 million kids across the country are referred to child protection agencies each year. 

To better help abused and neglected kids in Delaware County, the district attorney’s office along with Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) and other agencies are working together to speak up for kids. 

“We run up against the same barriers overtime, and we want to move to a place that we can advocate for system change,” said CASA’s Leigh Anne McKelvey.

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McKelvey says the program, called “Voices for Children,” will streamline special services, educational intervention, healthcare and much more for kids going through the legal system.

“It’s a multidisciplinary approach, and it’s going to primarily focus on improving support and safety nets for our county’s children with a special focus on child victims,” she added/ 

Delaware County District Attorney Katayoun Copeland says this initiative, made possible thanks to a grant to CASA, is built to help the kids in every way possible.

“We’re hoping to bring everybody to the table, hear everybody’s voices on where the strengths lie in Delaware county, and where some of the gaps are that we can benefit from improving services, and ultimately look at programs, policies and services that can be improved and enhanced, and advocate for that collectively,” Copeland said. 

Copeland says they want to make sure no child falls through the cracks. 

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