Department of Family Services – Children, Youth and Families

Fairfax County, Virginia

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TTY 711

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 - Words Matter; photo of dad and son smiling

Child Abuse Prevention Month
2022 Proclamation 

WHEREAS, nationally, in 2020 nearly 3.1 million children were subject to abuse and neglect allegations with Child Protective Services; and

WHEREAS, in Fiscal Year 2021, Fairfax County's Child Protective Services’ 24-hour hotline received approximately 11,000 calls for protective services, but also many from people seeking help, guidance, and referrals to parenting programs and supportive services; and also in Fiscal Year 2021 over 2,600 children in Fairfax County were involved with Child Protective Services; and 

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

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

WHEREAS, the pandemic has continued to increase stressors on families, thereby increasing risk factors for child maltreatment; 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, family resilience, and child well-being; 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 2022 as 

Child Abuse Prevention Month

in Fairfax County and urges all residents to wear blue on April 1st – Virginia's Wear Blue Day, plant a pinwheel garden to show support, and find ways to support families and help all children in our community be safe. 


Child Abuse Prevention Month Fairfax County Board Meeting Presentation 3-22-2022
Mike Mason, Body Safety Program volunteer, accepts the Child Abuse Prevention Month proclamation at the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors' meeting on March 22, 2022.


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