The Colusa County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday adopted a proclamation declaring the month of April “Child Abuse Prevention Month.”
The annual proclamation is a reminder that the tragedy of child abuse and neglect affects every community in California and touches the lives of far too many citizens, regardless of cultural, ethnic, religious, or socioeconomic level, officials said.
“The threat to our children’s welfare is demonstrated by steady increases in the number and in the seriousness of reported cases of child abuse and neglect,” said Board Chairman Gary Evans, in reading the proclamation.
Each year, Colusa County Community Advocates for Parents and Children and Casa de Esperanza ask Colusa County officials and residents to participate in activities that help spread awareness of prevention programs offered by local agencies that deliver a variety of services to families.
April is also the “Month of the Young Child,” which is celebrated each year with a Colusa County Family Fair, organized by the Colusa County Office of Education Children’s Services.
The event at the Colusa County Fairgrounds was canceled in 2020 due to COVID-19, but CCOE has modified the Family Fair this coming Saturday to be a “Drive-up” affair so that people and kids can remain physically distanced.
The Family Fair will be held in the Colusa County Fairgrounds parking lot from 10 AM to noon on Saturday, April 17. It is a free event, officials said.
Participants include the Colusa Police Department, CAPC, Colusa County Probation, First 5 Colusa, Karen’s House, Colusa County Free Library, Every Woman Counts, Woodland Community College, Colusa County Master Gardeners, CHP, and Williams Family Action Center, among many others.
“The observance of Child Abuse Prevention Month provides an excellent opportunity for all citizens to reflect on this tragic crime while redirecting themselves to taking an active role in child abuse prevention activities in their community,” Evans stated.
According to the proclamation, if children are to become productive adults, they should have the right to a childhood “free from neglect, physical abuse, sexual molestation, and exploitation.”