Governor Polis proclaims April Child Abuse Prevention Month

State of Colorado Proclamation

April marks the beginning of Child Abuse Prevention Month in Colorado. 

Communities across the nation and Colorado are planting pinwheel gardens and wearing blue throughout the month of April as a sign of our collective commitment to prioritizing children and families.

Child Abuse Prevention Month Proclamation 2023

WHEREAS, children have a right to thrive, learn, and grow to their full potential; and

WHEREAS, children are key to our state’s future success, prosperity, and quality of life; while children are our most precious resource, they are also our most vulnerable; and

WHEREAS, strengthening Colorado’s families is one of the most effective ways to prevent child abuse and neglect, ensuring the opportunity for children to develop in healthy, trusting families, schools, and neighborhoods; and

WHEREAS, when we ensure the healthy development of the next generation, they are more likely to contribute positively to our communities and be productive, responsible citizens; and

WHEREAS, families can also be made stronger when they are educated about the various stages of child development and age-appropriate child behaviors; early identification of any developmental or behavioral concerns is integral to keeping children safe; and

WHEREAS, we all play a role in preventing child abuse and neglect and there are ways everyone can get involved to help a child; even those individuals who aren’t raising a child or working with children every day, just one person has the power to make an extraordinary difference in the lives of both children and families; and

WHEREAS, the State is currently implementing initiatives for improving the safety and well-being of children and families across Colorado; and

WHEREAS, we must come together as partners to keep children safe, and extend a helping hand to children and families in need; and

WHEREAS, we will work to ensure that Colorado’s children will grow to their full potential as the next generation of leaders, helping to secure the future of our communities, state, and nation; and

WHEREAS, it’s up to every Coloradan to provide safe, stable, and nurturing relationships and environments for our children, free of violence, abuse and neglect;

THEREFORE, I, Jared Polis, Governor of the State of Colorado, do hereby proclaim the month of April 2023, as CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH in the state of Colorado.

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