Child advocacy workshop in Meridian

MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) -- Faith-based groups and medical and mental health professionals are talking about how to heal victims of child abuse.

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The agencies gathered for a two day summit called "Chaplains for Children" at the Wesley House in Meridian. They discussed how the agencies can work together to serve the spiritual needs for children who are victims of child abuse.

"We've talked a lot about how children experience abuse and how it impacts their faith," said Victor Veith, the senior director of the National Child Protection Training Center. "But nothing drives children away from the church more than child maltreatment, and yet spirituality is really important in recovery of children. We want to teach faith leaders how to reach out and help children."

Training sessions will also be held in Hattiesburg and Jackson over the next two weeks.