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Program Grows to Help Fight Child Abuse

AMARILLO, TEXAS - The rate of child abuse continues to grow in the Panhandle according to experts. So Thursday a local non-profit is announcing they need to expand to keep-up.

The Bridge Children Advocacy Center's wants to add a new satellite office in Dumas and eventually at least one other area city as well.

This group helps police and courts take testimony from children who have either been abused or have witnessed it happen. In Potter county child abuse rates are double what they were a decade ago. The Bridge says the problem is surging in rural areas also. So far this year, they have interviewed 286 children outside of Amarillo.

In May, NewsChannel 10 told you they were adding a new rural caseworker position - but now they've decided even more is needed. By having the additional satellite office, they can make the interview process more comfortable for children of those near by communities and hopefully produce better quality testimony for the abusers trials.

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