Soriano presents proclamation to Woman’s Club for Child Abuse Prevention Month

Mayor Michael Soriano presenting a "Proclamation" to the Women's Club

PARSIPPANY  — Mayor Michael Soriano presented a “Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills Proclamation” to Woman’s Club of Parsippany Troy-Hills proclaiming April 2018 as Child Abuse Prevention Month.

The proclamation read:

Whereas, we all have a responsibility as individuals, neighbors, community members and citizens of the Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills to help create, healthy, nurturing and safe experiences for children; and

Whereas, healthy and safe childhoods help produce confident and successful adults; and

Whereas, child abuse and neglect often occur when people find themselves in stressful situations, without community resources, and don’t know how to cope; and

Whereas, incidences of child abuse and neglect can be reduced by making sure all families have the support they need and deserve to raise their children in a healthy environment; and

Whereas, it is recognized that no person can do everything but that everyone can do something, and together we can create change for the better; and

Whereas, effective prevention programs succeed because of partnerships among nonprofit organizations, government agencies, volunteer organizations, schools, service clubs, houses of worship, law enforcement agencies, and the business community; and

Whereas,  display a pinwheel or planting a pinwheel garden in April will serve as a positive reminder that all children deserve Great Childhoods – happy, healthy and safe.

Now Therefore, I, Michael A. Soriano, Mayor of the Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills do hereby proclaim April 2018 as Child Abuse Prevention Month in the Township of Parsippany­-Troy Hills and I urge all citizens to engage in activities that strengthen families and communities to provide the optimal environment for children to learn, grow and thrive so that all children have the benefit of happy, healthy and safe childhoods. Dated this 3rd day of April 2018.

Members receiving the Proclamation from Mayor Michael Soriano

National Child Abuse Prevention Month, also known as Child Abuse Prevention Month in America, is an annual observance in the United States dedicated to raising awareness and preventing child abuse. April has been designated Child Abuse Prevention Month in the United States since 1983.

In addition, New Jersey Department of Children and Families (DCF) acknowledges the month of April as Child Abuse Prevention Month.  DCF promotes the health, well-being, and personal safety of children and families by working together with parents, caregivers, organizations and communities to ensure an effective network of proven supports services, public education and community advocacy to prevent maltreatment.

Parents, schools, and community organizations can be a change agent to prevent child maltreatment in New Jersey.  DCF asks that you make a personal “Pledge of Prevention” to support our children and help them grow up healthy, happy, strong, and successful.