Connect America, Watchful Shepherd Fight Child Abuse with PERS Technology
BALA CYNWYD, Pa. and McMURRAY, Pa., April 12, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Connect America, a nationally recognized provider of connected health solutions, and Watchful Shepherd USA, a national non-profit family abuse prevention program, are reminding Americans during National Child Abuse Prevention Month that tools and resources are available to help protect children living in at-risk environments.
The statistics are disturbing, the scope of the problem a national disgrace. Data from the National Children's Alliance shows:
"Children in abusive environments are especially vulnerable when the adults they are living with are under stress from economic and legal problems, substance abuse, or physical and mental health issues," said Tracy Walnoha, executive director of Watchful Shepherd. "The shutdowns and isolation resulting from the pandemic have exacerbated these challenges and led to an uptick in child abuse. We think it's important that people and organizations know there are ways to protect children."
Connect America is helping Watchful Shepherd fulfill its mission by providing the oganization with special alert systems comprised of electronic monitors and wrist bands that can be distributed to at-risk families and child victims. Should a crisis arise, users can quickly and easily send for help and automatically begin recording audio with the touch of a button. The service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This system was adapted from Connect America's Personal Emergency Response System (PERS) developed for older adults.
"We recognized that the technology we designed for elderly people in emergencies easily could be adapted for use by children facing emergencies of their own," said Janet Dillione, chief executive officer of Connect America. "Partnering with Watchful Shepherd on this project has been an honor and we look forward to continuing our relationship."
April was designated National Child Abuse Prevention Month in 1983 to focus attention on child abuse and neglect and recognize the importance of families, communities and prevention services collaborating to safeguard vulnerable children. The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services has set up a website with resources and information on protective factors, conversation guides, and data.
To learn more about Connect America, visit www.connectamerica.com.
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