(Attached picture – from left to right: The Board of County Commissioners are pictured with representatives from Department of Children & Families, Community Alliance, Jessie’s Place, and Department of Health)
The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on April 14, 2015 proclaiming the month of April as “Child Abuse Prevention Month” in Citrus County. Individuals, businesses, schools, faith-based and community organizations must make children a top priority and take action to support the physical, social, emotional and education development and competency of all children.
Research shows that safe and nurturing relationships and stimulating stable environments improve brain development and child well-being, while neglectful or abusive experiences and unstable or stressful environments increase the odds of poor childhood outcomes. The abuse and neglect of children can cause severe, costly, and lifelong problems affecting all of society, including physical and mental health problems, school failure and criminal behavior.
Research also shows that parents and caregivers who have social networks and know how to see help in times of trouble are more resilient and better able to provide safe environments and nurturing experiences for their children.
Citrus County, in collaboration with the Florida Department of Children and Families, will coordinate efforts to prevent child abuse and neglect by promoting awareness of healthy child development, positive parenting practices and the types of concrete support families need within their communities.