The Johnson County commissioners have proclaimed April as Child Abuse Prevention Month. The board signed a proclamation Monday afternoon during their regular board meeting. Pictured seated from left are commissioners Phil Stewart, Ernie Henshaw and Jeff Mears. Standing are Johnson County state’s attorney Tambra Cain and county clerk Robin Harper-Whitehead.
The proclamation reads: Child Abuse Prevention Month Proclamation
Whereas, this matter comes before the Johnson County Board of Commissioners at the request of the Johnson County State’s Attorney, Tambra K. Cain:
Whereas, children are vital to our state’s future success, prosperity, and quality of life as well as being our most vulnerable assets;
Whereas, all children deserve to have safe, stable, nurturing, and healthy homes and communities that foster their well-being;
Whereas, child abuse and neglect is a public responsibility affecting both the current and future quality of life of a state;
Whereas, parents need support and resources to cope with stress and nurture their children to grow to their full potential;
Whereas, effective child abuse prevention strategies succeed because of partnerships created among citizens, human service agencies, schools, faith communities, health care providers, civic organizations, law enforcement agencies, and the business community;
Therefore, we do hereby proclaim April as Child Abuse Prevention Month and call upon all citizens, community agencies, faith groups, medical facilities, elected leaders and businesses to increase their participation in our efforts to support families, thereby preventing child abuse and strengthening the communities in which we live.