Sample Child Abuse Prevention Month Proclamation

Invite your elected officials to proclaim April as Child Abuse Prevention Month. Hold a special event to make the proclamation. Proclamation events celebrate childhood while promoting awareness of the local problem of child abuse and neglect.

Instructions

  • Appoint a committee to develop and initiate the proclamation event.
  • Identify which public officials to include and contact each one. Discuss the proclamation and invite officials to participate. Try to find one official who is willing to adopt it as a "pet project." Coordinate a date, time, and location for the event. Include local entertainment such as a school band.
  • Write a news release to deliver personally to all media outlets in the county. Request each to provide coverage of the event.
  • Decide on the type of program and activities to be built around the proclamation event and draft an agenda. Opening remarks by public officials may center on the problem of child abuse and neglect; the need to develop services, programs, and activities geared toward prevention; and a challenge to all adults in the community to become involved. Provide officials with local background information related to the incidence of child abuse and neglect.

Sample Proclamation

WHEREAS, Nearly 200,000 children in Texas are reported as abused or neglected every year; and

WHEREAS, Child abuse prevention is a community responsibility and finding solutions depends on involvement among all people; and

WHEREAS, Communities must make every effort to promote programs that benefit children and their families;

WHEREAS, Effective child abuse prevention programs succeed because of partnerships among agencies, schools, religious organizations, law enforcement agencies, and the business community; and

WHEREAS, everyone in the community should become more aware of child abuse prevention and consider helping parents raise their children in a safe, nurturing environment;

NOW, THEREFORE, I (Name), (Title) do hereby proclaim the month of April 20__ to be Child Abuse Prevention Month in (Location), and urge all citizens to work together to help reduce child abuse and neglect significantly in years to come.

Dated this (day) of (Month), (Year)

More Public Awareness Materials

Every April, communities all over Texas and the nation observe Child Abuse Prevention Month, raising awareness of child abuse and neglect while promoting resources to support families. We invite you to join this campaign, and we encourage you to use the materials on this website and the national website to spread the word in your community.

Community Action Plans

Raise awareness where you live and work - in schools and businesses, where you worship, in your local media, and more - with these creative and helpful suggestions.

Sample Letter to the Editor

Write your local newspaper to encourage your community to prevent child abuse and neglect. Newspapers welcome the opportunity to be a voice for good, either through their letters sections or through guest editorials.

Sample News Release

A news release can be sent to media organizations to promote Child Abuse Awareness Month, your local awareness events, or both.

Sample Public Service Announcements

Radio stations love to run public service announcements to build goodwill and fill unsold advertising time. Use these suggestions to make your own spots.