Tuesday, April 3, 2007

April: Child Abuse Prevention Month

Note to Readers: The President proclaims April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. If you feel not enough is being done to prevent child abuse in residential treatment settings this would be a good time to write to the President and voice your concerns. If you would like to contact President Bush with your concerns:

When calling or writing to President Bush and other public figures, please keep in mind:

1) Calling is better than email.
2) Hard copies are better than email.
3) Keep letters and email short and to the point.
4) When emailing, put your major point in the subject line.
5) Be polite.
6) Be positive- thank President Bush for his support rather than criticizing things with which you disagree.
7) Write a new message every day!

The email address is President@whitehouse.gov. At this time, their e-mail server is down for an undetermined amount of time. Please print out and fax your letter to 202-456-2461

The mailing address is:
President George W. Bush
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20500

National Child Abuse Prevention Month, 2007

A Proclamation by the President of the United States of America

White House News

All Americans share a responsibility to protect our Nation's children. During National Child Abuse Prevention Month, we renew our commitment to prevent child abuse and neglect and to work to enable our children to realize their full potential.

Childhood is a formative time, and abuse can have devastating long-term effects on young lives. In order to provide a safe environment for our young people, parents must work to protect their children from the dangers that threaten them. Family members, educators, public officials, and faith-based and community organizations all play important roles in helping to ensure that children are safe and can grow surrounded by love and stability.

My Administration is committed to supporting children and promoting safe and stable families across America. Last year, I signed into law the Child and Family Services Improvement Act of 2006, which will help to prevent and address child abuse and neglect by improving child welfare services and continuing vital mentoring and family programs. Additionally, the Department of Justice's Project Safe Childhood program and the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006 help officials at all levels of government protect our children and bring sexual and online predators, Internet pornographers who prey on our children, and other violent criminals to justice with stronger laws and improved coordination among authorities.

As we observe National Child Abuse Prevention Month, we underscore our commitment to building an America where all children can thrive, develop character, and learn to be responsible citizens in an environment of security and love. By honoring our obligation to support and protect our young people, all Americans have an opportunity to make a positive difference in the life of a child and build a brighter future for our country. For more information about how each of us can help stop child abuse, please visit childwelfare.gov.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim April 2007 as National Child Abuse Prevention Month. I encourage all citizens to help protect our children and work to create strong, healthy communities.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-seventh day of March, in the year of our Lord two thousand seven, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-first. GEORGE W. BUSH

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