WILLIAMSON – The Mingo County Commission signed a proclamation declaring April to be Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month at a regular meeting held Wednesday morning.
Representatives from the Mingo County Family Resource Network (FRN) and Mingo County Partners in Prevention approached the commission with the proclamation and to discuss an upcoming walk in downtown Williamson being held in support of Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month.
The Proclamation signed by the Mingo County Commission states, “Children are the key to the Country’s future success, prosperity and quality of life; and while children are our most valuable resource, they are also our most vulnerable and preventing child abuse and neglect is a community responsibility that depends on involvement from all the people throughout the community. Child abuse and neglect can be prevented by supporting and strengthening Mingo County’s families, thus preventing the far- reaching efforts of maltreatment, providing the opportunity for children to develop healthy, trusting family bonds and consequently, building the foundations of communities. We must come together as partners so that the voices of our children are heard by all and our community extends a helping hand to children and families in need. Providing a safe and nurturing environment for our children, free of violence, abuse and neglect, we can ensure that Mingo County’s children will reach their full potential as the next generation of leaders, helping us to secure the future of this County, State and Nation.”
The representatives provided information about the upcoming Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Walk and flag raising being held in downtown Williamson. The walk will be held at noon on Wednesday, April 13, at the Mingo County DHHR. For more information call 304-784-0403.
In support of Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month, municipalities throughout Mingo County have held Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Walks and flag raisings. The walks are sponsored by the Mingo County FRN and Mingo County Partners in Prevention. In show of support, the cities of Delbarton, Matewan, Kermit and Gilbert have hosted Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Walks this month.
(Courtney Pigman is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242 ext. 2279.)