State & Local Leaders to Kick off Child Abuse Prevention Month

Natalie Harrell, DCF: (813) 337-5854 / (813) 784-1898
Paula Scott, Children’s Board: (813) 204-1729

State & Local Leaders to Kick off Child Abuse Prevention Month
Local officials to announce new initiative at statewide kickoff event in Tampa

TAMPA – Each year, the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) investigates over 200,000 allegations of child abuse and neglect. Locally, over 2,000 children in Hillsborough County experience verified abuse or neglect annually. This April, state and local leaders are urging the community to renew our joint commitment to protecting our community’s youngest and most vulnerable.

On Wednesday, April 1, 2015, DCF, in collaboration with the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County, will hold a statewide media event at the Glazer Children’s Museum in Tampa to kick off the state’s month-long campaign to raise awareness and prevention of child abuse in Florida. Additionally, Hillsborough County Commissioner Sandy Murman will announce the launch of a local community-based initiative, unique to Hillsborough.

WHAT: Media event to announce local initiative and statewide kickoff of Child Abuse Prevention Month

WHO: Secretary Mike Carroll, Florida Department of Children and Families
                Kelley Parris, Executive Director of Children’s Board of Hillsborough County
                Chief Jane Castor, Tampa Police Department Commissioner
                Sandy Murman, Hillsborough County Commission
                Jason Hodge, Young adult who aged out of foster care

WHEN: April 1, 2015 at 6 p.m.

WHERE: Glazer Children's Museum, 110 West Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa

PHOTO OPPORTUNITY: The media program will conclude with an environmentally friendly balloon release to represent all the verified child abuse and neglect cases in Hillsborough County in 2014. The museum will be open following the media program for invited families and media.