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Proclamation: Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month, April 2011
Wednesday, April 13, 2011 • Posted April 13, 2011

Whereas, every child deserves to grow up in a safe, loving home where his or her physical, emotional and educational needs are fully met thereby, giving the child an opportunity to realize his or her full potential;Whereas, preventing child abuse and neglect is a community problem that depends upon education and involvement among people throughout every sector of the community;Whereas, in 2010 every eight minutes a child in Texas was the subject of abuse or neglect;Whereas, in 2010 66,897 children in Texas, including 24 in Mason County were confirmed as victims of abuse or neglect;Whereas, nearly 40,000 of those children were under the age of six years old;Whereas, in 2010 every other day, a child in Texas died from abuse or neglect;Whereas, in 2010, 42,890 children in Texas, including 6 in Mason County, were placed in the care and custody of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services because of evidence of abuse and neglect;Whereas, a child’s journey in the foster care system can be an extremely frightening and stressful experience for a child who has been removed from his or her home and placed with strangers;Whereas, the impact of abuse and neglect has long-term personal, economic and social costs; Whereas, Court Appointed Special Advocates® – CASA Volunteers – are assigned by the court to speak up for a foster child’s best interest;Whereas, every child in care deserves a CASA Volunteer, but fewer than half the children in care have CASA Volunteers; Whereas, Bluebonnet CASA, Child Protective Services, Child Advocacy Centers, Foster Parents, Teachers and others work to ensure that children in our community have the opportunity to grow up in safe, loving homes;Therefore, I hereby proclaim April as Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month in Mason County/Mason, TX and commend all organizations, including Bluebonnet CASA and CASA Volunteers for their commitment and dedication to preventing abuse and mitigating the devastating effect of abuse and neglect by serving children who have been victimized.I further call upon all citizens, community agencies, faith groups, schools, government agencies, and businesses to increase their participation in efforts to support families and prevent child abuse, thereby strengthening our entire community on this, the 4 Day of April, 2011.SignedMason County Judge Jerry Beardenger/apr 13 child abuse prevention

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