Lieutenant Governor Kicks Off National Child Abuse Prevention Month at State Capitol on April 4th

WHAT:   Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne, Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) Executive Director Reggie Bicha, Weld County Social Worker Toilynn Edwards and her former foster youth Janelle Marquez join child advocates from across the state on the steps of the State Capitol to mark the beginning of National Child Abuse Prevention Month.
WHEN: Tuesday, April 4, 2017, 11:00 a.m., Lt. Gov. Lynne to speak at 11:08 a.m.

Colorado State Capitol,
West Steps (Rain/snow site, West Foyer),
200 E. Colfax Ave., Denver


As part of its ongoing efforts to raise awareness around the issue of child abuse and neglect and the statewide Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline (1-844-CO-4-KIDS), CDHS will kick off a multi-county, mobile billboard tour. Part of a larger grassroots initiative tied to the concept that everyone plays a role in preventing child abuse and neglect, the tour will feature the opportunity for attendees at each stop to make a pledge to do their part to ensure the safety of Colorado’s children.

Attendees at the April 4 event will also be invited to participate in the planting of a pinwheel garden, which has become a national symbol for child abuse prevention.


Lt. Gov. Lynne & Executive Director Bicha will deliver remarks to kick off Child Abuse Prevention Month and remind Coloradans of the statewide Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline (1-844-CO-4-KIDS).

Foster and Kinship Supervisor for Weld County, Toilynn Edwards, and Janelle Marquez, foster care alum, will also deliver remarks, including sharing how Toilynn helped Janelle beat the odds and not only overcome a traumatic childhood but also become a court-appointed special advocate for children.

Toilynn and Janelle are available for interviews before and after the event.

Attendees, who will be dressed in blue—the color of child abuse prevention, will be making the pledge to play a role in preventing child abuse and neglect.

Attendees will plant a garden of blue pinwheels, which will remain on the west side of the Capitol throughout April in honor of Child Abuse Prevention Month.


Amanda Brannum            

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Emily Port

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