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Child Abuse Prevention Month

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TO ALL TO WHOM THESE PRESENTS COME - GREETINGS:

WHEREAS: Child maltreatment is a national tragedy, cutting across racial, ethnic, and socio-economic boundaries and endangering our most precious resource and greatest responsibility: our children; and

WHEREAS: It is disturbing to note that approximately three million children are reported abused and neglected in this country each year, and in Arkansas, according to the Department of Human Services, 7,831 complaints were found to be valid in 2010; and

WHEREAS: Children have the right to feel safe in their own homes and to be provided every opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive; child abuse violates a child’s dignity, security, vulnerability, and humanity; and

WHEREAS: We can join together as individuals, organizations, and government agencies to prevent child abuse in our State by providing education, skills training, and support and by raising awareness of relevant topics, including child development, basic-care skills, discipline strategies, and goal-setting for parents; and

WHEREAS: By strengthening families and providing safe, stable, and nurturing environments that are free from violence, abuse, and neglect, opportunities are created for children’s optimal growth and success, ensuring a secure future for our communities, where the needs of children are a priority and the needs of families are met; and

WHEREAS: The State of Arkansas, in conjunction with concerned citizens throughout the Nation, designates the month of April as Child Abuse Prevention Month to protect future generations by providing help and hope to our children and families;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, MIKE BEEBE, Governor of the State of Arkansas, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the laws of the State of Arkansas, do hereby proclaim April 2013, as

CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH

across the State of Arkansas, and I urge all Arkansas citizens, community agencies, faith groups, medical facilities, and businesses to increase their participation in supporting families, thereby preventing child maltreatment, abuse, and neglect.

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Arkansas to be affixed this 28th day of February, in the year of our Lord 2013.