The month of April is honored as Child Abuse Prevention Month across the country. Court Appointed Special Advocates - CASA of Santa Cruz County held a proclamation ceremony this morning, March 29, to name April as Child Abuse Prevention Month in our county.
In attendance were:
- Steven Jimenez, field representative for State Assembly member Robert Rivas’ office
- Laura Wishart, field representative for State Assembly member Mark Stone’s office
- Supervisor John Leopold from the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors
- Mayor Francisco Estrada from the City of Watsonville
- Council member Lowell Hurst from the City of Watsonville
- Abby Wexler, County of Santa Cruz Department of Family and Children Services
- Najeeb Kamil, County of Santa Cruz Department of Family and Children Services
- And many staff and trusted volunteers and Board members.
A short ceremony was held and the City, County, and State representatives all gave proclamations to CASA of Santa Cruz County, proclaiming April as Child Abuse Prevention Month and acknowledging the services CASA provides to our community to support children and families.
The generous employees of Bay Federal Credit Union sponsored and installed pinwheels on the CASA house fence in honor of Child Abuse Prevention Month.
Every pinwheel is a reminder of the 400 abused children in foster care every year. The pinwheels are a physical representation of the hope we have for a safe and happy childhood for each child.
Lynne Petrovic commented, “Child abuse is unacceptable and preventable. While it is easy to accept the first part of that sentence, to accept that it is preventable provides us with a burden. We have let down our children and we can do better. We have a responsibility to prevent further abuse.”
Supervisor John Leopold said, “Each of us can play a role in helping our community to better understand child abuse prevention by supporting programs and services that help families and children; being a good neighbor; offering to baby-sit; donating used children’s clothing, furniture, and toys for another family; being kind and supportive to new parents; or responding to families in crisis and linking families to needed services and opportunities.”
See photos from our event HERE.
To learn how you can help a child who has been abused or neglected go to casaofsantacruz.org.