City, state proclamations support child abuse prevention services

The City of Oklahoma City and the State of Oklahoma both acknowledged April Child Abuse Prevention Month by issuing proclamations in support of programs that help prevent child abuse and help families build resiliency.

Mayor David Holt issued a proclamation in late March, and Governor Kevin Stitt issued a state proclamation the first week of April.
The proclamations note that the safety of Oklahoma’s children “is of the utmost importance for the well-being of families and communities.”

The proclamations also acknowledge that Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are seen as a serious public health problem and can result in a variety of long-term medical, emotional and psychological disorders.

“The majority of child abuse cases curtail from situations and conditions that are preventable when our communities are supportive, active and engaged,” both proclamations state.

Both the mayor and governor praised “individuals, businesses, schools and faith-based and community organization that make children a top priority and take action to support the physical, social, emotional and educational development and competency of all children.”

“It’s encouraging for both the city and state to recognize that child abuse is preventable, and that we can all work together to be proactive in raising healthy and resilient children,” said Sherry Fair, executive director of Parent Promise, which serves Oklahoma County with home-based parent education and support services.

“We appreciate the support of both the mayor and governor in recognizing the hard work child abuse prevention specialists are providing in our city and state,” Fair said.

Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt welcomed child abuse prevention professionals to be recognized at a recent city council meeting. From left, Charlie Swinton, Parent Promise Board; Suzy Gibson, program manager for the Office of Child Abuse Prevention.; Beth Martin, director, Family Support and Prevention Service; Sherry Fair, executive director of Parent Promise; Cindy Allen, external relations director of Parent Promise; Shawna Norman, program manager of Parent Promise, LaChez English, program grant consultant and Adam Bush, president of the Downtown Exchange Club.