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Child Abuse Prevention Month

Weld County is recognizing Child Abuse Prevention Month joining in the belief that strengthening, educating and supporting families is the most effective way to prevent child abuse and neglect.

 

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. Child abuse is a national tragedy that crosses racial, ethnic and socio-economic boundaries and endangers our most precious and vulnerable resource, children, who will shape the future of Weld County as our workforce, leaders, neighbors and community members.

 

Over the past year, children and families have faced unprecedented stress during the pandemic and the Department of Human Services (DHS) has been committed to finding innovative ways to deliver services which support families and keep our children safe. In 2020, DHS’ Prevention Program served more than 400 families.

 

“Last year was tough on kids and families by kids not being in school,” said Commissioner Chair Steve Moreno. “We’re especially grateful for the tremendous team and work you all do to protect the most vulnerable individuals in our county.”

 

To bring awareness to Child Abuse Prevention Month, Weld County is engaging in a month-long campaign, with the theme of “Thriving Children and Families: Prevention with a Purpose.” 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 and Child Care website.

 

Children are encouraged to create art projects at home that symbolize what a great childhood means to them. 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 16 for a chance to be featured on county social media pages throughout the week of April 25. For full instructions and more information, visit www.weldchildcare.com.

 

News release provided by the Weld County Board of Commissioners.