DCF, Women’s Club Kick Off Child Abuse Prevention Month

Media Advisory:
March 28, 2013

Contact:
Nicole Stookey
Northwest Region Communications Director
(850) 509-2675

DCF, Women’s Club Kick Off Child Abuse Prevention Month

PANAMA CITY— The Women’s Club of Panama City is honoring the Department of Children and Families and other child welfare advocates on Monday to recognize April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Every month, DCF investigates more than 330 reports of child abuse or neglect on average in Bay and surrounding counties, and 28 children must be removed monthly from their homes to ensure their safety. There are 746 children currently receiving services from DCF and our community-based partners.

The Women’s Club hosts the annual event to raise awareness of child abuse prevention and to show appreciation to the many child welfare professionals and advocates who work daily to protect our most vulnerable children. Mayor Greg Brudnicki will proclaim April as Child Abuse Prevention Month in Panama City.

Media is invited to attend the kickoff breakfast.

WHAT:
Child Abuse Prevention Month Kickoff Breakfast

WHO:
Panama City Mayor Greg Brudnicki; Department of Children and Families; Women’s Club of Panama City; State Attorney’s Office; Bay County Sheriff’s Office; local law enforcement; representatives from the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit Court; Guardian ad Litem; Big Bend Community Based Care; Children’s Home Society; Life Management Center; Gulf Coast Children’s Advocacy Center; Child Protection Team; child welfare professionals, advocates and volunteers

WHEN:
Monday, April 1, 8:30 a.m.

WHERE:
Woman’s Club of Panama City
350 N. Cove Blvd.
Panama City

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