Attorney General Troy King joined Tom Methvin, managing partner for Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C., at Brantwood Children’s Home April 10, 2008, for a special project in recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month. Methvin is vice president of Brantwood’s Board of Directors.
King enjoyed the opportunity to meet the young people at Brantwood, who know the effects of abuse all too well. For more than 85 years, Brantwood Children’s Home has been providing a safe, stable, structured environment for abused, neglected and other “at-risk” children. Currently Brantwood serves children and youth ages 10-21.
Brantwood youngsters prepared posters and poems on the subject of child abuse and the importance of prevention, and made presentations to King, who commented that while he is grateful for a wonderfully supportive place like Brantwood Children’s Home, he wishes there were no need for the many services provided by the home’s staff.
Methvin echoed the sentiment. “Brantwood is a terrific resource for young people who are going through really difficult situations,” he said. “But it’s also important to draw attention to the issue at the root of having a place like Brantwood, child abuse and neglect. It’s important to educate people about how to build a strong family, how to deal with situations and feelings they can’t cope with, and how to recognize a crisis situation in order to protect and rescue the innocent children so often in the heart of the storm.”
Gov. Bob Riley proclaimed the month of April as Child Abuse Prevention Month in Alabama. The Alabama Department of Human Resources investigated reports of abuse and neglect involving nearly 30,000 children in 2007.
According to the Center for Business and Economic Research, University of Alabama, taxpayers in Alabama pay more than $520,000,000 annually to address the effect of child abuse and neglect. Preventing child abuse and neglect not only saves lives, it can potentially save millions of dollars for the taxpayers of Alabama.
For more information about Brantwood Children’s Home, call 334-265-0784.