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Weld County recognizes Child Abuse Prevention Month with a Virtual Children's Art Gallery

Posted on 04/01/2020
Weld County recognizes Child Abuse Prevention Month with a Virtual Children's Art Gallery

This year, Weld County is once again recognizing Child Abuse Prevention Month. Since all public events previously planned throughout the month to bring awareness to child abuse and to celebrate countywide prevention efforts were cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak and stay-at-home order, a new and exciting digital exhibit is being announced.

The Board of Commissioners proclaimed April as Child Abuse Prevention Month at today’s board meeting, observing the fact that every child deserves to grow up in a safe, loving and stable family, free from physical, sexual, emotional and verbal abuse, and that strengthening, educating and supporting families is the most effective way to prevent child abuse and neglect.

“The COVID-19 public health crisis reminds us all just how connected we are – and how much we depend on one another,” said Commissioner Chair Mike Freeman. “It really is everyone’s job to protect children and connect with families within their communities to ensure they’re strong and thriving. Right now, more than ever.”

That’s why Weld County is engaging in a month-long awareness campaign, with the theme of “Everyone can make great childhoods happen – especially you, especially now!” And to kick off the campaign, children of all ages are invited to participate in a virtual children’s art gallery, which will be featured on the Weld County Facebook page.

Children are encouraged to create art projects at home that symbolize what great childhoods mean to them. Parents/guardians can then submit a photograph of the completed artwork, sharing their child’s first name, last initial and age. All types of art are welcome, so please submit photos of your child’s Lego builds, craft projects, drawings, photography, chalk art or anything else. Be creative and have fun!

Submissions are due by Friday, April 10 for a chance to be featured on the county Facebook page throughout the weeks of April 20 and 27. For full instructions and more information, visit www.weldchildcare.com.