Department of Family Services – Children and Families

Fairfax County, Virginia

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12011 Government Center Parkway, Pennino Building
Fairfax, VA 22035

Oriane Eriksen,

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month Proclamation

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month banner graphic - pinwheel spins; photo of group of different age children

Child Abuse Prevention Month
2021 Proclamation 

WHEREAS, child abuse prevention is a community responsibility and finding solutions depends on involvement among all people; and

WHEREAS, nearly 3.5 million children were involved with Child Protective Services across the United States in 2019; and over 52,000 children in the Commonwealth of Virginia were reported as possible victims of abuse or neglect in State Fiscal Year 2020; and 

WHEREAS, Fairfax County's Child Protective Services’ 24-hour hotline received approximately 13,000 calls in Fiscal Year 2020, many from people seeking help, guidance and referrals to parenting programs and supportive services; and 

WHEREAS, more than 3,000 children in Fairfax County were involved with Child Protective Services in Fiscal Year 2020; and 

WHEREAS, the COVID-19 pandemic has isolated children and families from typical social and community-based activities, resulting in significantly fewer calls to the CPS Hotline in the months after the pandemic began; and

WHEREAS, the Fairfax County Department of Family Services, other human services agencies, Fairfax County Public Schools, and community partners work together to offer effective programs to strengthen and support families and protect children from abuse and neglect; and 

WHEREAS, assisting children and families early makes common sense as well as fiscal sense. In addition to saving families the trauma of more intensive services later, prevention and early intervention services save money and helps keep families together; and 

WHEREAS, all Fairfax County residents, community agencies, faith groups, and businesses are encouraged to renew their commitment to preventing child abuse, supporting families, and promoting the safety and well-being of children; NOW THEREFORE 

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, on behalf of all residents of Fairfax County, does hereby proclaim the month of April 2021 as 

Child Abuse Prevention Month

in Fairfax County and urges all residents to wear blue, look for ways to support families, and plant a pinwheel garden as a show of support for our combined efforts to keep all children in our community safe. 

2021 Proclamation Video

(Proclamation takes place between 1:16:40–1:18:08.)

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month 2021 - screenshot Dalia A. Palchik reading proclamation

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