April 2016: Child Abuse Prevention Month
WHEREAS, nationally, it is estimated that more than 1,540 children die each year from child abuse and neglect; and,
WHEREAS, unemployment, poverty, parental drug and alcohol abuse, stress, social isolation and violent communities are identified risk factors for child maltreatment; and,
WHEREAS, both statewide and nationally, child abuse is considered to be one of the most serious public health problems with scientific studies documenting the link between the abuse and neglect of children and a wide range of medical, emotional, psychological and behavioral disorders; and,
WHEREAS, promoting, family functioning/resiliency, social support systems, concrete supports, nurturing and attachment, and knowledge of parenting/child development are all known protective factors which prevent child maltreatment and help to strengthen families; and,
WHEREAS, child abuse prevention is an acknowledged community responsibility. On behalf of Michigan’s children, this month and each month thereafter we join with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the Children’s Trust Fund to commit to “The Power of One.” This statewide initiative under the leadership of the Children’s Trust Fund asserts that the power of one person, one community, one dollar, one action, etc., during April will help to protect children from abuse and neglect;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim April 2016 as Child Abuse Prevention Month in Michigan.