County proclaims April as Child Abuse Prevention Month

April 26, 2011

By Staff

King County leaders proclaimed April as Child Abuse Prevention Month to help broaden awareness about the impacts of child abuse and neglect.

In issuing the proclamation last week, the County Council joined in the national effort to combat child abuse.

“We all can help recognize and prevent child abuse and neglect,” Councilwoman Kathy Lambert, the Issaquah representative, said in a release.

The proclamation notes the links from child abuse and neglect to the increased likelihood of future criminal behavior, substance abuse, health problems and risky behavior.

The measure calls upon citizens, community agencies, faith-based groups, medical facilities and businesses to increase efforts to support families, prevent child abuse and strengthen communities.

Lambert presented the proclamation at the April 19 annual meeting of the Washington State Court-Appointed Special Advocate Association, or CASA.

The program trains volunteers to represent the best interests of child victims of abuse in Dependency Court.

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