Governor LePage Proclaims April, 2014 as Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month

April 1, 2014

WHEREAS, child abuse is a community problem and finding solutions depends on the environment of people throughout the community; and

WHEREAS, the effects of child abuse are felt by whole communities, and need to be addressed by the entire community; and

WHEREAS, effective child abuse prevention programs succeed because of partnerships created among social service agencies, schools, religious organizations, businesses and law enforcement agencies; and

WHEREAS, youth-serving prevention programs offer positive alternatives for young people and encourage youth to develop strong ties to their community; and

WHEREAS, all citizens should become more aware of child abuse and its prevention, and become involved in supporting parents to raise their children in a safe, nurturing environment.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, PAUL R. LEPAGE, Governor of the State of Maine, do hereby proclaim April, 2014 as

CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT PREVENTION MONTH

throughout the State of Maine, and urge all citizens to recognize this month by dedicating ourselves to the task of improving the quality of life for all children.

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