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Family Fun Night

The Lincoln County Child Abuse Prevention Council will be holding our first Friday Family Fun Night at Cody Park Rides on Friday, August 13th beginning at 5:00pm.  The Council will be sponsoring 1,000 FREE rides.  Council members will be there from 6:00-8:00pm to hand out parent resource bags full of parenting information, local resources, abuse prevention information and more.  The Child Abuse Prevention Council wants to encourage families to spend time together laughing and having fun.  The mission of the Lincoln County Child Abuse Prevention Council is to promote a healthy community dedicated to breaking the cycle of child abuse and neglect, and promoting the safety of all children.  For more information, contact Matt at or 308-534-4064.

Over 100 Parent Resource Bags were distributed at the Family Fun Night at Cody Park.  Read the story from KNOP below.  Here are some pictures from that night.  

Family Fun Night at Cody Park
KNOP News 2
August 13, 2010
By Luke Simmons. 

Summer is almost over, but one more night of fun was had Friday evening at Cody Park.

The Lincoln County Child Abuse Prevention Council sponsored Family Fun Night, where 1,000 free rides were handed out along with resource bags for adults filled with valuable parenting information.

It was all about having a good time as a family, while promoting a healthy community dedicated to breaking the cycle of child abuse and neglect.

“We wanted to invite families to spend some time together, to have fun, to laugh, and just have a stress-free night of fun,” said Matt Fosket of the Lincoln County Child Abuse Prevention Council, “And while doing so, we wanted to provide them with our parent resource bag, which have a lot of different parenting techniques, different resources, and agencies in the community that are here to help.

Group hopes to educate families

By Mark Young
Published: Thursday, August 12, 2010 4:11 AM CDT
The North Platte Telegraph

April may be Child Abuse Awareness Month, but child abuse itself isn't limited to one time of year.

In order to continue to keep this societal illness at the forefront of people's thoughts, the Lincoln County Child Abuse Prevention Council is looking at new ways to bring families together while offering the educational opportunities and resource materials to special events.

According to Bridge of Hope Child Advocacy Center Advocate/Volunteer Coordinator Matt Fosket, the council will hold a Family Fun Night on Aug. 13 at Cody Park, featuring 1,000 free rides for children beginning at 5 p.m. Council members will be on hand from 6-8 p.m. handing out free parent resource bags containing information on local resources, abuse prevention and more.

"The council has focused on doing awareness activities in April, as part of Child Abuse Awareness Month, but in reality child abuse is a yearlong problem," said Fosket. "We felt it was important to continue to get the message of prevention out there."

Fosket said the Cody Park event with free rides is a perfect fit for the council's goals of promoting healthy family interactions, which has proven results in reducing stress and bringing families closer together.

"Our Family Fun Night at Cody Park is meant to do just that," he said. "Give families the opportunity to get together, relax and have fun."

Fosket said backpacks would also be distributed to each child attending the public preschool program and Head Start. The council has also launched a new website at, which offers community resource information, child abuse awareness information and all you need to know about the council's Re-Think Your Reaction Campaign.

Fosket said the benefits of holding community events such as the one planned for Friday is an important tool in the fight against child abuse.

"Often times parents do not want to ask for help or to use the resources and programs available to them," he said. "Child abuse is everyone's problem and as a community we need to come together to strengthen families so the cycle of abuse does not continue."

For more information, you can e-mail or contact Fosket at Bridge of Hope at 534-4064. Council members can make themselves available for presentations on child abuse awareness to businesses, organizations and community groups upon request.