PHOENIX — Governor Ducey proclaimed April 2018 as Child Abuse Prevention Month to encourage Arizona citizens and communities to participate in efforts to strengthen families, protect children, and prevent child abuse and neglect.
View text of the proclamation below
WHEREAS, in Fiscal Year 2017, Arizona's Department of Child Safety received over 48,182 reports involving alleged maltreatment of children; and
WHEREAS, children thrive in family environments free from abuse and neglect; and
WHEREAS, child abuse and neglect is an important societal concern that may affect the long-term health and well-being of not only the children, but also the adults they become; and
WHEREAS, safe, stable, and nurturing relationships and communities can break the cycle of abuse and maltreatment; and
WHEREAS, parenting is one of the most challenging and most important jobs in America. Everyone has a stake in ensuring that parents and caretakers have resources and supports they need to become successful; and
WHEREAS, child abuse prevention requires partnerships among government agencies, faith-based and community-based organizations, schools, law enforcement agencies, social service organizations, and families; and
WHEREAS, prevention works! Everyone can be involved in child abuse prevention by supporting local agencies and activities that provide opportunities and supports to families in need.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Douglas A. Ducey, Governor of the State of Arizona, do hereby proclaim April 2018 as
CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH
and call upon the communities and individual citizens of Arizona to participate in efforts to strengthen families, protect children, and prevent child abuse and neglect.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be
affixed the Great Seal of the State of Arizona
DONE at the Capitol in Phoenix on this seventh day of March in the year
Two Thousand and Eighteen and of the Independence of the United States of America
the Two Hundred and Forty-Second.
SECRETARY OF STATE