April is National Child Abuse Month

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Mayor Ritter signs proclamation, Children’s Center hosts Casino Night

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. When parents have the knowledge, skills, and resources to provide children with safe, stable, nurturing and healthy environments, we can prevent abuse and neglect before they occur. Now is the time to acknowledge the role communities play in children’s healthy development and growth. When we have policies and programs that support parents, we help children have safe, stable, nurturing, and healthy relationships in all areas of their lives at home, in school and in the community.

Once again, communities joined together to help raise funds for the Bates County Children’s Center. Last Saturday the Adrian Optimist Building was jam-packed. Casino games, mouse races, prizes and an auction made for a fun-filled time for all while helping raise funds for this youth organization. The Children’s Center is a not-for-profit organization that provides forensic interviewing, medical exams, therapy and advocacy services for child abuse victims.

Adrian Head Start is committed to the safety and well-being of children. Director Dawn McDonald asked Adrian Mayor Larry Ritter to join in their efforts to help support families and prevent child abuse. Mayor Ritter signed a proclamation, provided by Adrian Head Start, on Monday, April 7, 2014.