Monday, April 2, 2018

Local agencies unite against child abuse

Mesa County Commissioners proclaim April as Child Abuse Prevention Month in the Grand Valley. Melissa Lytle from the Western Slope Center for Children, Kari Daggett from the Mesa County Department of Human Services and Janet Rowland on behalf of How are the Children accepted the proclamation. 

The Board of Mesa County Commissioners today adopted a proclamation at their April 2, 2018, administrative public hearing recognizing April as Child Abuse Prevention Month, encouraging those who suspect child abuse and neglect to report it immediately.

The Mesa County hotline for reporting child abuse and neglect is 970-242-1211. Calls to the alternative statewide hotline, 1-844-CO-4-KIDS (1-844-264-5437) will be routed to Mesa County child protection professionals. Both phone numbers will reach someone who can help 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Everyone in our community can play a role in the prevention of child abuse and neglect.

Mesa County Child Welfare Division Director Kari Daggett accepted the proclamation and stated the following: “Preventing child abuse and neglect is a community effort.  Every citizen in Mesa County can play a part in prevention efforts whether it be getting to know the children in your neighborhood, encouraging a struggling parent you see in the store, volunteering your time as a mentor, or becoming a foster parent.  Child Abuse Prevention Month is an opportunity for us to recognize that we all play a role in child safety. ” 

To learn more about child abuse prevention, visit Mesa County’s Child Protective Services page. Here you will find information that will help you understand the information needed by child protection professionals when reporting suspected child abuse and neglect.

Several agencies who protect children and help promote child abuse prevention joined forces and showed their support at the Commissioner's administrative public hearing Monday morning.

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