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April proclaimed Child Abuse Prevention Month

Posted on 04/05/2019
April proclaimed Child Abuse Prevention MonthIn an effort to raise awareness of the importance of strengthening families to prevent child abuse and neglect, April has been proclaimed as Child Abuse Prevention Month by the Board of Weld County Commissioners.

Child Abuse Prevention Month is a time to celebrate the important role that communities play in strengthening families and keeping kids safe. Everyone has a part to play in protecting children, and one of the most effective ways to prevent child abuse is for individuals and communities to work together to support kids and families. In an effort to bolster this connection, several free public events will be held throughout the month to help raise awareness of child abuse and promote prevention efforts:

• April 9 & 23: Library Activities. Centennial Park Library, 2227 23rd Avenue, Greeley; 10:30-11:00 a.m. Preschool storytime at the library includes books, fingerplays, movement and activities. Visit the DHS table for a fun activity and to learn more about several different child-related campaigns.

• April 26: Family Fun Event. Greeley Downtown Child Services Office (by Chase Bank), 822 7th Street, Suite #150; 3:00-5:00 p.m. Enjoy free sidewalk chalk, face painting, balloon animals, snacks, giveaways and more, all to help raise awareness of child abuse and to promote healthy families.

Child Abuse Prevention Month is also a time to recognize the professionals, volunteers and organizations who work tirelessly to protect at-risk children. In Weld County, the Department of Human Services (DHS) works with many community partners and its own well-staffed interdepartmental team to ensure children are safe and families are thriving throughout the county. Representing the joint effort between prevention and child welfare departments, including employees working within school district 6, family resource, public health, response, permanency, kinship and foster care, this team of DHS employees and their partners constantly focuses on ways to connect with families to help prevent child abuse and neglect.

“Thank you all for the hard work you do not just this month, but every single day to protect our county’s greatest asset: our children,” said Weld County Commissioner Chair Barbara Kirkmeyer, speaking to the large group of DHS employees in attendance at Monday’s board meeting. “Awareness is key to preventing child abuse, and the activities you have planned this month will go a long way to helping our community become more educated about child abuse in our county.”

Child Abuse Prevention Month has been observed each April since its first presidential proclamation in 1983. Since that time, millions of Americans have participated in this national campaign. Individuals, organizations and communities across the United States plant pinwheels, tie ribbons, organize trainings, host fundraisers and support a multitude of other activities celebrating healthy, happy childhoods and raising awareness that all children deserve to grow up in nurturing, safe homes.