April – National Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month.  Please join us in The
Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF), in collaboration with
Prevent Child Abuse Florida and the Ounce of Prevention Fund of Florida to
raise awareness of this important issue.

“DCF encourages not only parents but all members of Florida’s communities
to take action to support the development and protection of children,”
Interim Secretary Esther Jacobo said. “Together we can raise awareness and
give a voice to vulnerable children in our state.”

In DCF’s Southern Region, which encompasses Miami-Dade and Monroe counties, several municipalities are issuing proclamations recognizing April as Child Abuse Prevention Month. CHILD ABUSE PROCLAMATION

The City of Doral will present a proclamation to the Department at a
ceremony scheduled for 11 a.m. April 14 at City Hall.

City of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado will present a similar proclamation at a
ceremony set for 11 a.m. April 16 at City Hall.

Similarly, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez, Commission Chairwoman
Rebeca Sosa and the Board of County Commissioners this week issued their
Child Abuse Prevention Month proclamation and urged residents to
participate in activities that strengthen families and communities.

Governor Rick Scott also signed a proclamation naming April 2014 as Child
Abuse Prevention Month and urges Floridians to participate.

DCF urges its community partners and residents to report any suspicion that
a child is being abused or neglected via the Florida Abuse Hotline by
calling 1-800-962-2873 or online at www.FloridaAbuseHotline.org.

As indicated by the Child Welfare Information Gateway’s 2012 Research
Guide, stimulating and nurturing environments improve a child’s cognitive,
psychological, behavioral and physical well-being, while neglectful or
abusive experiences depress mental and physical growth. Let’s all help
provide safe and nurturing environments for our children.

For more information on events happening throughout the state visit:
www.ounce.org/capevents.html.

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