Child Abuse Prevention Month

By the Governor of Alabama
WHEREAS, preventing child abuse and neglect is a community problem that depends on involvement among people throughout the community; and
WHEREAS, child maltreatment occurs when people find themselves in stressful situations, without community resources, and don’t know how to cope; and
WHEREAS, the majority of child abuse cases stem from situations and conditions that are preventable in an engaged and supportive community; and
WHEREAS, child abuse and neglect can be reduced by making sure each family has the support they need to raise their children in a healthy environment; and
WHEREAS, child abuse and neglect not only directly harm children, but also increase the likelihood of criminal behavior, substance abuse, health problems such as heart disease and obesity, and risky behavior such as smoking; and
WHEREAS, all citizens should become involved in supporting families in raising their children in a safe, nurturing environment; and
WHEREAS, effective child abuse prevention programs succeed because of partnerships created among social service agencies, schools, faith communities, civic organizations, law enforcement agencies, and the business community:
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Kay Ivey, Governor of Alabama, do hereby proclaim April 2017, as
Child Abuse Prevention Month
in the State of Alabama and call upon all citizens, community agencies, faith groups, medical facilities, and businesses to increase their participation in our efforts to support families, thereby preventing child abuse and strengthening the communities in which we live.
Given Under My Hand and the Great Seal of the Office of the Governor at the State Capitol in the City of Montgomery on the 3rd day of May 2017.
Kay Ivey