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Child Abuse Awareness Vigils Across Indiana

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Candlelight vigils were held in Merrillville, Valparaiso, and communities around the state last night, representing 92 counties in the effort to bring awareness to protecting children against child abuse. Jane Bisbee, Regional Manager of the Department of Child Services in Lake County, says the number of assessments in Lake County has gone up. "The Indiana Child Abuse Hotline takes all of our calls of abuse or neglect, and then they're transferred electronically to the local level, and then we assign them to the case managers here in the Lake County office," Bisbee said.  She said they now have over two-thousand children who are now under the jurisdiction of the Lake County court system.  Louella Richey, Director of the Porter County office, says the toll-free Indiana Child Abuse and Neglect Hotlinel is 1-800-800-5556. "We know that Indiana's future depends on our kids," Richey said, "and it's our responsibility to take care of them."
You can hear more of our interviews with Jane Bisbee and Louella Richey at News Audio on Demand at regionnewsteam-dot-com
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