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Mayor Lucas to Sign Proclamation at Event Marking Start of National Child Abuse Prevention Month

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Mayor Quinton Lucas will sign a proclamation designating April as Child Abuse Prevention Month in a brief outdoor ceremony on Thursday, April 1, at 10:15 a.m. at local nonprofit The Children’s Place. Hundreds of blue pinwheels will be placed surrounding the building as a visual commemoration of National Child Abuse Prevention Month, first observed in 1983. 

The COVID pandemic has exacerbated the issue of child abuse. While reports of abuse have actually decreased 14 percent from the previous year, experts predict that reporting will increase as children return to schools and community programs where abuse may be reported. 

“Many children in our community have found themselves in unsafe situations throughout the last year,” said Ann Thomas, President/CEO of The Children’s Place. “This is a key moment for our community to rise up to provide support for local families and children, and we’re so grateful that Mayor Lucas agrees in the importance of this mission.” 

The Children’s Place serves as the fiscal agent of the Kansas City Child Abuse Roundtable Coalition, an alliance of local child-serving nonprofit organizations and elected and appointed officials who are working to reduce child abuse incidence in our community.  

WHEN: Thursday, April 1, at 10:15 a.m.
WHERE: The Children’s Place, 6401 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, MO 64131 

Media are invited to arrive as early as 9 a.m. for easier access to Ann Thomas for interviews. Lori Fluegel, Coordinator for the Kansas City Child Abuse Roundtable Coalition, will also be available. The brief ceremony will include remarks from Thomas and Mayor Lucas and will take place at The Children’s Place’s playground from approximately 10:15 to 10:30. Media are welcome to connect directly to the soundboard for quality audio. 

The children who attend the Day Treatment program will also be present to view the mayoral ceremony, but please refrain from photographing or filming their faces. 

The Children’s Place is Kansas City’s specialized trauma treatment agency, partnering with children from birth to eight years old and those in their lives as they heal from life’s deepest hurts. The Children’s Place provides four distinct programs to offer a holistic continuum of care and a multi-disciplinary approach to mental health healing through the Day Treatment program, Counseling Center, Family Support Services and Screening and Assessment. Find more at ChildrensPlaceKC.org. 

Contact:
Lacey Helmig
Marketing & Communications Manager
503.927.1345 or helmigl@childrensplacekc.org
childrensplacekc.org  

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