March 27, 2023- Hopkins County Commissioners Court has declared the month of April to be Child Abuse Awareness Month. Members of the Northeast Texas Child Advocacy Center gathered during the meeting to hear the Proclamation read by County Judge Robert Newsom.
The Northeast Texas Child Advocacy Center (NETCAC) is the only non-profit in the eight-county area of northeast Texas that serves as the first stop for children ages 2-17 who have been victimized by sexual abuse, severe physical abuse, or who have witnessed a violent crime or drug use in their home.
To learn more about NETCAC visit: NETCAC.org or call: 903-629-7588
Lauren Zastany the Executive Director of Northeast Texas Child Advocacy Center accepted the proclamation from Judge Newsom. The proclamation reads as follows:
WHEREAS, Hopkins County prides itself on giving back to the community, contributing to the quality of life among citizens; and
WHEREAS, Child abuse prevention is a community responsibility and finding solutions depends on involvement among all people; and
WHEREAS, Effective child abuse prevention programs succeed because of partnerships among a variety of entities including but not limited to, schools, religious organizations, law enforcement agencies, child protective services, CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), children’s advocacy centers, prosecution agencies, medical professionals, mental health professionals, and other community-base non-profit organizations; and
WHEREAS, Everyone in the community should become more aware of child abuse prevention and consider helping parents raise their children in safe, nurturing environments as well as supporting local professionals dedicated to meeting the needs of child abuse victims; and
WHEREAS, The County of Hopkins, Texas urges all citizens to work together to reduce child abuse and neglect and to significantly improve the response of when child abuse occurs in the months and year ahead; and
WHEREAS, This effort will give abused and neglected children in our community and around the country, a chance for a safe and positive future; and
NOW, THEREFORE, WE, The Hopkins County Commissioners do hereby proclaim the month of April 2023,to be CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH in Hopkins County, Texas and urge all citizens to join in a national effort to raise awareness and help reduce child abuse and neglect in years to come.
THEREFORE, I, County Judge Robert Newsom do hereby proclaim April 2023 as NATIONAL CHILD ABUSE AWARENESS MONTH in Hopkins County and urge all citizens to recognize the month by dedicating ourselves to the taskof improving the quality of life for all children and families.