One Region 8 group is helping to prevent child abuse while educating the public

Jonesboro, AR (KAIT) -- "Everyday in the United States, three children die from child abuse," said CASA's Executive Director, Carla Borden.

"It's a heartbreaking statistic, but for CASA's Carla Borden, she knows abuse and neglect is a reality for so many children across the United States.

"Things go unnoticed, children go hurt, and no one pays attention," said Borden.

Court Appointed Special Advocates or CASA partners volunteers with children in foster care. The volunteers are a voice for children in the courts. Executive Director, Carla Borden, says proclamations like Child Abuse Prevention Month shed light on something that unfortunately happens everywhere, everyday.

"This is what's going on, this is what you need to look for, this is how you report something that's going on. You can do it anonymously," said Borden.

Borden says 70 percent of abuse cases are abuse by a parent. She says she fears the added stress of a dismal economy could lead to an increase in the number of children abused.

"The census bureau will do numbers on what's gone on this past year and then that's when we'll really get to see what the government tells us. Unfortunately, it's probably not going to be very good," said Borden.

Borden says Child Abuse Prevention Month can also educate people about what to look for if they suspect abuse--signs like unexplained burns to a sudden change of behavior.

Carla Borden says CASA is not only available to children. She says CASA can help make resources available for parents as well.

"It's not a bad thing to say you need help, because your child deserves that," said Borden.

Other signs to look for that might indicate abuse include:

unexplained cuts or bruises

bite marks

fear of adults

For more information about CASA call, 935-1099