At the Tuesday, April 18 City Council Meeting, Mayor Laura Hill presented the Child Abuse Prevention Month Proclamation to Alliance for Children.
Every child deserves a nurturing family and safe environment to grow into a healthy, productive member of the community; and,
Whereas, child abuse is one of our nation’s most serious public health problems and threatens the safety of our community; and,
Whereas, 5,162 cases of child abuse and neglect were confirmed in Tarrant County in 2016; and,
Whereas, Alliance For Children provided child-focused services to 2,088 children in 2016, which includes 363 in the Northeast community; and,
Whereas, Alliance For Children provided prevention education to over 50,000 adults and children in Tarrant County in 2016; and,
Whereas, effective child abuse prevention, investigation and treatment programs succeed because of partnerships among public and private agencies, schools, religious organizations, medical services, and the business community; and,
Whereas, everyone should become more aware of child abuse prevention and consider helping caregivers raise their children in a safe, nurturing environment; now,
Therefore, I, Mayor Laura Hill, on behalf of the City Council, do hereby proclaim the month of April 2017, as Child Abuse Prevention Month in the city of Southlake, Texas, and urge all citizens to work together to help reduce child abuse and neglect significantly in the years to come.