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Commissioners Proclaim April-Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month

Blue "Pinwheels for Prevention" will be observed across Fremont County during April to draw attention to Child Abuse Prevention Month

To bring greater awareness to the issue of child abuse and neglect occurring in our communities the Fremont County Commissioners invite the citizens of Fremont County to join them on Thursday, April 2nd at 2:00 PM in Macon Plaza, at 6th and Main in Canon City.  The Commissioners will read a proclamation and ask individuals in attendance to join them in planting a blue ‘Pinwheel for Prevention’.

Child abuse and neglect is 100% preventable.  Last year in Fremont County the Department of Human Services Child Welfare Unit received 1,200 referrals for possible abuse.  There were 74 founded cases of child abuse and neglect where 50% of the children were five years of age and younger.    The effects of child abuse may carry over into adult life.  Adults who suffered child abuse have a higher risk for allergies, arthritis, asthmas, high blood pressure, and ulcers.  Child abuse has been associated with suffering from higher incidences of mental health issues and drug and alcohol abuse.  Research estimates that one-third of abused and neglect children will grow up to abuse their children.

Residents are welcome to join the Commissioners on April 2nd in Macon Plaza to show support for preventing child abuse and learn how they might participate in preventing child abuse and neglect in Fremont County.  Individuals are encouraged to show their support to reduce child abuse by wearing blue on Wednesdays during April.  Around the county residents will see blue ‘Pinwheels for Prevention’ gardens being planted to increase awareness of child abuse issues and show support for preventing child abuse.  Anyone may plant a pinwheel garden.  For more information please contact James Berg at 719-269-2047.