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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Contact:
Sandra Romero, Thurston County Commissioner, 360-786-5440

Thurston Commissioners Proclaim April as Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month


Thurston County commissioners have adopted a proclamation declaring April as "Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness" month.The local proclamation coincides with efforts nationally to bring attention to this serious issue.

County Commissioner Sandra Romero says the awareness campaign is a way to encourage individuals and organizations to play a role in making Thurston County a better place for children and families. "By ensuring that parents have the knowledge, skills, and resources they need to care for their children, we can help promote children's social and emotional well-being and prevent child mistreatment within families and our community."

Research shows that when parents possess six protective factors, the risk for neglect and abuse diminishes and better outcomes for children, youth, and families are promoted. The six protective factors are:
  • Nurturing and attachment
  • Knowledge of parenting and of child and youth development
  • Parental resilience
  • Social connections
  • Concrete supports for parents
  • Social and emotional well-being
This is a community-wide challenge and Romero says she hopes everyone will take an active role in protecting and assisting our most vulnerable citizens, the children. In part, the proclamation reads: Whereas, our communities are stronger when all citizens are engaged in preventing child maltreatment and are involved in supporting families to provide safe, nurturing environments for their children which will give them the opportunity to become caring, contributing members of their communities... Therefore, the Thurston County Commissioners proclaim April as Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness month. There are many resources to assist families with good parenting practices. One place to start is the Child Welfare Information Gateway web site http://www.childwelfare.gov/preventing/preventionmonth/ Sponsored by The Administration for Children and Families.

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County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3