National Child Abuse Prevention Month Press Conference

We All Play a Part in Building Strong Families, Building Hope

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

The Southern Arizona Children’s Advocacy Center held a press conference to officially launch April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month in southern Arizona on April 1st, 2019. Nearly 100 community leaders, elected officials, law enforcement and child welfare advocates joined us.

In coordination with several of our partners from government, law enforcement, criminal justice, and child welfare organizations, speakers presented updates on the prevalence of child abuse and its impact on our community, as well as the role we all have in the prevention of child abuse and neglect.

Speak at the press conference were Pima County Attorney Barbara LaWall, Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, Pima County Board of Supervisors Chairman Richard Elias, and representatives from the Tucson Police Department, Pima County Sheriff’s Department and the Arizona Department of Child Safety.

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. This month and throughout the year, the Southern Arizona Children’s Advocacy Center encourages everyone to help make Southern Arizona a better place for children and families. By building knowledge, skills, and resources that support children, we can prevent child abuse and neglect in our community.

Last year the Southern Arizona Children’s Advocacy Center responded to the needs of nearly 1400 victims of child abuse, and their families.  Marie Fordney, Executive Director of the Center says, “The Center would like to take this time, at the beginning of National Child Abuse Prevention Month, to recognize the contributions made in every community across southern Arizona. We have many partners working with us to build a community of strong, resilient families, but we need to do more. Everyone’s participation is critical, because every child has the right to be safe from abuse and neglect. Today we ask you to become one of those partners and embrace your responsibility to protect that right.”

The blue pinwheel has come to represent the healthy start we envision for all children, and is a national symbol for child abuse prevention. The Center will created a display of blue pinwheels as a visual reminder of the prevalence of child abuse in our community, and to honor the victims of child abuse who have been helped by the Center since it opened in 1996.

The Southern Arizona Children’s Advocacy Center is asking the community to help raise awareness of child abuse and neglect and Go Blue for Kids on Friday, April 12th. The Center wants everyone in southern Arizona to wear blue that day, take photos, and share them on social media with the hashtag #goblueforkidsAZ, and email photos to goblueforkids@soazadvocacy.org.