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     STATE OF RHODE ISLAND

IN GENERAL ASSEMBLY

JANUARY SESSION, A.D. 2014

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H O U S E   R E S O L U T I O N

PROCLAIMING THE MONTH OF APRIL, 2014, TO BE "CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT

PREVENTION MONTH" IN THE STATE OF RHODE ISLAND

     

     Introduced By: Representatives Cimini, Diaz, Ajello, Hearn, and E Coderre

     Date Introduced: April 10, 2014

     Referred To: House read and passed

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     WHEREAS, Child abuse and neglect are community-wide conditions and problems, and

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finding solutions depends on the involvement of people in the community; and

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     WHEREAS, Approximately three million children are reported abused and neglected in

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this country each year, with more than 13,000 of these cases reported here in Rhode Island; and

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     WHEREAS, The effects of child abuse and neglect are felt by whole communities and

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need to be addressed by the entire community; and

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     WHEREAS, Prevent Child Abuse Rhode Island, the Family Care Community

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Partnerships and the Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) are sponsoring several

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events throughout the month to heighten public awareness of abuse and neglect in communities

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around the state. Each of these events will provide information and materials that support families

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to prevent child maltreatment and celebrate people who work with and support children and

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families; and

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     WHEREAS, The statewide "Pinwheels for Prevention┬«" campaign has been going on for

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four years with the help of media, child care providers, public schools, libraries, social service

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agencies, and businesses during the month of April to celebrate and bring awareness of the great

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potential of all children in Rhode Island and the need to strengthen all families with support and

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nurturing; and

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     WHEREAS, The "Pinwheels for Prevention┬«" campaign includes the statewide planting

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of "Pinwheel Gardens" in order to celebrate community partnerships for strengthening the family

 

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and protecting all children from abuse and neglect; and

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     WHEREAS, Effective child abuse prevention programs succeed because of partnerships

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created among social service agencies, schools, religious and civic organizations, law

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enforcement agencies, and the business community; and

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     WHEREAS, Child protection is a community effort and all the citizens of the state

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should become more aware of the negative effects of child abuse and its prevention within the

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community, and become involved in supporting parents to raise their children in safe, nurturing

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environments; now, therefore be it

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     RESOLVED, That this House of Representatives of the State of Rhode Island and

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Providence Plantations hereby proclaims the month of April, 2014, to be "Child Abuse and

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Neglect Prevention Month" in the State of Rhode Island and calls upon all citizens, community

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agencies, religious organizations, medical facilities, and businesses to increase their participation

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in our efforts to prevent child abuse, thereby strengthening the communities in which we live; and

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be it further

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     RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and hereby is authorized and directed to

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transmit a duly certified copy of this resolution to Cheryl Patnaude, President of Prevent Child

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Abuse Rhode Island.

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