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Opinion | Resources available for parents and caregivers may help save the lives of children | Richard Ransom

“If you are having trouble in life and you can't handle children and need counseling, call 211,” said Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland.

MEMPHIS, Tennessee — In Monday’s Ransom Note: April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and today we were reminded of not only how many of our children die every year from abuse or neglect, but also of the resources in place to help. Outside Memphis City Hall today, district attorneys to mayors to sheriffs all paid tribute to the eight children who died last year from abuse or neglect. The youngest was just six-months-old, and the oldest was nine.

In each death, a parent or caregiver was responsible, and each death might have been prevented if they had known about three simple digits to call.

“We want people to reach out when they need help. Right now, they can call 211. If you are having trouble in life and you can't handle children and need counseling, call 211. If you feel an urge to join a gang to make money, call 211. We can hook you up with free educational opportunities, free job training opportunities,” explained Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland.

Doves were released for the children, and the Child Advocacy Center’s memorial flag will fly at Civic Center Plaza for the rest of the week. They do great work over there. If you can donate, please think about it. Join the conversation by email (rransom@localmemphis.com), Facebook, or Twitter.