Douglas County


Resolution Proclaiming April 2018 as Child Abuse Prevention Month.


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The Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act was enacted in 1974 and marked the beginning of a new national response to the problem of child abuse and neglect.  The legislation provided Federal assistance to States for prevention, identification, and treatment programs.  It also created the national Center on Child Abuse and Neglect.  The first National Child Prevention Week originated in 1982 and in 1983 April was proclaimed as the first National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Efforts to address child abuse and neglect have been highlighted in April ever since at the national, state and local level.


Child Abuse Prevention Month is a time to acknowledge the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse and neglect, and to promote the social and emotional well-being of children and families.  During the month of April and throughout the year, communities are encouraged to share child abuse and neglect prevention awareness strategies and activities and promote prevention across the country.

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WHEREAS, all Douglas County children deserve to grow up in a safe and nurturing environment free from abuse and neglect; and


WHEREAS, child abuse and neglect is a serious problem affecting every segment of our community, and finding solutions requires input and action from everyone in our community; and


WHEREAS, Douglas County Human Services received 4025 reports to its Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline in 2017;


WHEREAS, effective child abuse prevention programs succeed because of partnerships among human services, schools, mental health agencies, non-profit and faith-based organizations, law enforcement agencies, health care providers and the business community; along with parents and grandparents; and


WHEREAS, families and the public can report suspicion of child abuse and neglect by calling 303-663-6270 or 1-844-CO4KIDS (264-5437); and


WHEREAS, child abuse and neglect often occur when people find themselves in stressful, situations, without family or community resources, and not knowing how to cope; and


WHEREAS, child abuse and neglect can be reduced by making sure each family has the support and knowledge they need to raise their children in a healthy and loving environment;


WHEREAS, everyone in the community should become more aware of child abuse prevention and consider helping parents so that they can raise their children in a safe, nurturing environment;


BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of County Commissioners of the County of Douglas, Colorado, hereby proclaim the month of April 2018 to be Child Abuse Prevention Month in Douglas County, and urge all citizens to work together to address and significantly reduce child abuse and neglect now and in the future.


Board Action


Meeting History

Mar 27, 2018 1:30 PM  Board of County Commissioners Business Meeting

Ruby Richards, Administration, Child Welfare, addressed the Board to present on this item.

Commissioner Weaver asked on the amount of calls.

Ms. Richards answered the Commissioner's question.

Public comment: None

Commissioner Partridge moved that the Board approve Resolution Proclaiming April 2018 as Child Abuse Prevention Month.

This is Motion No. 018-043.

Ms. Richards invited the Board and the public to the pinwheels for prevention at the Douglas County sub-station in Highlands Ranch.

Commissioner Partridge asked for clarification on the date.

Ms. Richards verified that it’s on Tuesday, April 3rd.

MOVER:Roger Partridge, Commissioner
SECONDER:Lora Thomas, Commissioner
AYES:David A. Weaver, Roger Partridge, Lora Thomas