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Proclamation #207 - Child Abuse Prevention Month April, 2016

WHEREAS, child abuse is a community problem and finding solutions depends on involvement among people throughout the community.
WHEREAS, approximately 29,273 thousand children are reported abused and neglected in Pennsylvania for 2014. This has increased 2,329 children since 2013
WHEREAS, the effects of child abuse are felt by whole communities and need to be addressed by the entire community.
WHEREAS, effective child abuse prevention programs succeed because of partnerships created among social service agencies, schools, religious and civic organizations, law enforcement agencies, and the business community.
WHEREAS, Pinwheels for Prevention will be placed in the courthouse yard as a symbol for child abuse and neglect prevention. 365 pinwheels representing the births in Warren County in 2014. These serve as a reminder for our community to take an active role in preventing child abuse and neglect.
AND FURTHER, we commend the Child Abuse Prevention (C.A.P.) Committee, the Exchange Club of Warren and the Children and Youth Advisory Committee for providing such information to our people and urge full support of their successful effort, in concert with local community agencies, public and private, to establish a community-wide network of education and treatment where abusing parents and children are at last finding new hope and effective support.
NOW, THEREFORE, the Commissioners of Warren County do hereby proclaim April as Child Abuse Prevention Month in Warren County and call upon all citizens, community agencies, religious organizations, medical facilities, and businesses to increase their participation in our efforts to prevent child abuse, thereby strengthening the communities in which we live.
ADOPTED this 23rd day of March, 2016.
COMMISSIONERS OF WARREN COUNTY