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New local anti-child abuse program coordinator finds 'community' awareness


April 25, 2018

Sarah Helgeson

Sarah Helgeson started just after Thanksgiving as program coordinator for Linn County Child Abuse Network.

Linn CAN, a Linn County United Way program, was formed in 2013 with a mission to promote the safety and well-being of children by raising awareness of child abuse and neglect and their impacts, according to its website.

It has a steering committee of about 20 people and Helgeson is the only paid staff member. She's been busy, getting to know the terrain.

"I spent my first few months going to community meetings with different nonprofits and coalitions who work with child abuse or work...

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