Pictured, Chairman W. Brooke Harris, CAC Program Manager David Chambers, DSS Commissioner II Jennifer Bigelow, and DSS Commissioner Edna Kayes
Members of the Allegany County Board of Legislators, Department of Social Services, Southern Tier Children’s Advocacy Center, and other Human Services workers met in Belmont on April 12 to recognize Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month.
The attendants were addressed by Child Advocacy Center Program Manager David Chambers and Deputy Social Services Commissioner II Jennifer Bigelow. Bigelow explained the importance of Child Abuse Prevention Month. “This month we recommit to giving every child a chance to succeed, and ensuring that every child grows up in a stable and nurturing environment that is free from abuse and neglect.”
Chambers shared the Child Advocacy Center’s focus. “This month allows us to really take aim at eradicating child abuse,” he said. “Our goal is that one day it won’t exist, and to let us secure a future for our children that’s really bright and full of hope, and healing, and safety.”
Board Chairman W. Brooke Harris read a proclamation declaring April as Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month in Allegany County and encouraged all community members to “direct their attention to this critical issue and to support programs that promote the safety and security of children.”
Harris thanked the large gathering of supporters for their work on behalf of county youth. “On behalf of the Allegany County Legislators, I’d like to thank those of you who are involved in human services and child advocacy. We appreciate everything that you do. We know it’s hard work, but it’s important work, so thank you.”
For more information on National Child Abuse Prevention month visit: https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/preventing/preventionmonth/.