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Board Action Request

Item Description:
Recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month - offered by Commissioner Conley

WHEREAS, Hennepin County is committed to enhancing and protecting the quality of life of all of its citizens, including and especially its most vulnerable citizens; and

WHEREAS, Hennepin County believes our children are our most valuable resource and the future of the county and the State of Minnesota, and thus we acknowledge that our community must make every effort to promote and support programs that help children and their families; and


WHEREAS, Hennepin County believes community action, partnership, and collaboration are crucial elements of child abuse prevention; and


WHEREAS, CornerHouse is participating in National Child Abuse Prevention month by organizing its Blue Kids Campaign, inviting area individuals and businesses to Stand for Kids, in order to raise awareness of child abuse and inspire prevention; and


WHEREAS, CornerHouse and all of its partners, including Hennepin County, help children and families affected by abuse and violence, by listening to them, and by providing them hope and healing; and


WHEREAS, in 2017 Hennepin County Child Protection screened approximately 10,000 reports of child maltreatment; and


WHEREAS, last year, CornerHouse provided 529 forensic interviews, supported 334 families, trained 685 professionals, and conducted 114 forensic sexual abuse medical exams; and


WHEREAS, all Hennepin County youth deserve to know that their community recognizes and affirms their right to safety and freedom from violence;


BE IT RESOLVED, that the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners recognizes the month of April 2019 as Child Abuse Prevention Month in Hennepin County. 

Recommendation from County Administrator: Recommend Approval