FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WE BELIEVE IN THE VOICE OF A CHILD
FEBRUARY 5, 2015
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and the Walworth County Alliance for Children (WCAC) and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin are partnering together to create an awareness campaign of preventing child abuse and neglect in our community.
In 2014 there were 1,359 children reported for suspected abuse in Walworth County. This number is overwhelming, but child abuse can be prevented and we want the community to know that all of us have an important part in making that happen. The WCAC and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin are requesting that everyone in Walworth County promote the message, “We believe in the Voice of a Child” during the month of April.
As part of this effort, we are proud to announce that students in 4th – 8th Grades from 18 schools throughout the county are participating in a Child Abuse Prevention Month Art Contest. “This activity is designed to emphasize the importance of child abuse prevention and give children the ability to convey it to others through their art by designing flags and banners with this theme,” said Sandy Wagie-Troemel, President of the WCAC.
Winning entries will be digitally reproduced on 3’ x 5’ flags that will be made available to the participating schools as well as area businesses and service organizations that agree to partner with us to bring child abuse prevention awareness to the community. “It is our goal in the month of April, to have flags flying predominately throughout Walworth County to promote our theme, “We Believe in the Voice of a Child,” said Paula Hocking, Manager of the Walworth County Child Advocacy Center. “Our best defense of preventing child abuse is to come together as a community and recognize that children are our future”.
For more information about participating, contact Kathy Brown, Walworth County Alliance for Children, Phone: 262.741.1440, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org