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April Proclaimed Child Abuse Prevention Month

PARSIPPANY — Child Abuse Prevention Month and the Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany kicked off the campaign by setting up pinwheel gardens and displays, with the first at the Parsippany-Troy Hills Town Hall, followed by several other displays around town to help raise awareness in our community by turning your attention to the importance of ensuring great childhoods for all children because our children are our future.

Morris County Commissioner Director Tayfun Selen places the final “Pinwheel” at Parsippany-Troy Hills Town Hall designating April as Child Abuse Prevention Month. Also pictured is Commissioner Stephen Shaw, Kiwanis member and Councilman Justin Musella, Councilman Frank Neglia, Karen DeChristopher, Nicolas Limanov, Julie Scarano-Debrossy, and Mayor James Barberio. Julie is holding Charlie May and Joey Elizabeth

In addition, Parsippany-Troy Hills Mayor James Barberio issued a Proclamation designating April as “Child Abuse Prevention Month.”

The theme of the April 2022 Child Abuse Prevention (CAP) Month is “Growing a Better Tomorrow for All Children, Together.”  Throughout CAP Month, Prevent Child Abuse America and Prevent Child Abuse-New Jersey used a community garden metaphor to reinforce the message that “Every day, we help families and children thrive.”

Kiwanis member and Councilman Justin Musella, Kiwanis member Susan Slaughery, Council President Michael dePierro, Karen DeChristopher, Mayor James Barberio, and Councilman Paul Carifi, Jr., Council Vice President Loretta Gragnani and Councilman Frank Neglia

All throughout April, you will see pinwheels on display around the Parsippany and Lake Hiawatha areas as the symbol of this very thought…that all children deserve a great childhood because they are our future.

And while the pinwheel can do many things — bring smiles, lift spirits, call for healthy starts for all children — the one thing it cannot do is move on its own.  Be the force that makes it move, bringing about real change for children in the United States. Protecting our children is everyone’s job…it’s your turn to make a difference!

Since 1983, April has been a time to acknowledge the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse.  As we look at the faces of the many children in our communities and think about all of the children around the world that suffer at the hands of others, let’s remember that April may be Child Abuse Prevention Month, but unfortunately abuse happens every day. That is why every year, during the month of April, communities across the country come together to focus on this startling issue and on the need for widespread prevention and public awareness campaigns to reduce the number of children who, sadly, are victims of abuse. Over 750,000 children were victims of child abuse, and over 1,800 children died as a result of abuse or neglect.

Karen DeChristopher, Kiwanis Club’s Director of of “Young Children Priority One” programs has led this campaign for the past eight years explained, “As an organization that focuses on children, there is one goal that we are looking to achieve…to raise awareness of the many ways people can get involved in the fight against child abuse:  First, we can get educated, so you can learn to recognize the signs of child abuse, so you can be that one person with the courage to step up for these children and report abuse when you suspect it.  Secondly, you can volunteer or support your child advocacy centers (Prevent Child Abuse-NJ) by calling to determine how you can support them because every children’s advocacy center can benefit from your support for the programs and services they provide to child victims of abuse and neglect.  And lastly, but most importantly we must help break the silence surrounding child abuse by raising awareness and spreading the word. These children deserve a voice because this problem has been overlooked for far too long and you can open the doors on this crime of secrecy because we can all make a difference for these children.”

Morris County Commissioners Doug Cabana, John Krickus, Stephen Shaw, Morris County Commissioner Director Tayfun Selen, Karen DeChristopher and Commissioner Deborah Smith

April 2022 was also proclaimed Child Abuse Prevention Month by Morris County Government Commissioners to bring more focus to the societal threats posed by child abuse and neglect. Thank you Karen DeChristopher, Director of the Young Children Priority One Program for Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany for joining the ceremony.

Morris County Commissioner Director Tayfun Selen presents Karen DeChristopher with a proclamation

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have declared child abuse and neglect to be a serious public health threat with long-lasting, negative impacts on every victim. The most effective way to combat child abuse and neglect is to increase awareness and report abuse; encourage nurturing parenting practices, and provide support to everyone who may need help raising their children in a healthy environment.

To learn more about what you can do to help prevent child abuse, contact Pamela Stalcup, Director of Development & Communications for Prevent Child Abuse-NJ at (732) 246-8060 or click here.

Members of Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany surround around the Pinwheel display at Empire Diner

Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time. It is not religious-based or partisan in any way. The Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany meets every Thursday at 7:15 a.m. at the Empire Diner, 1315 Route 46. New members are always welcome. (Click here for more information on Kiwanis Club of Greater Parsippany).

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Frank L. Cahill
Frank L. Cahill
Publisher of Parsippany Focus since 1989 and Morris Focus since 2019, both covering a wide range of events. Mr. Cahill serves as the Executive Board Member of the Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce, President of Kiwanis Club of Tri-Town and Chairman of Parsippany-Troy Hills Economic Development Advisory Board.
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