April Proclaimed as Child Abuse Prevention Month
SANTA FE – The Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD) announced today that Governor Susana Martinez has proclaimed the month of April as Child Abuse Prevention Month in the State of New Mexico.
“Child Abuse Prevention Month is a great time for each and every one of us to recognize that we each can play a part in promoting the social and emotional well-being of children and families in our communities,” said CYFD Cabinet Secretary Yolanda Deines.
Child Abuse Prevention Month events will take place throughout the state of New Mexico during the month of April. Multiple cities and youth organizations will partner with CYFD to host events dedicated to raising awareness about child abuse and its impact and associated costs in our communities. This is also a time to acknowledge and remember those children who have lost their lives due to child abuse.
“Child abuse is a major problem in our communities, state, and nation,” said CYFD Protective Services Director Jared Rounsville. “We can’t rely solely upon law enforcement and CYFD to prevent, report, and provide support or intervention. All of us need to take the responsibility to protect our children—New Mexico’s most precious resource.”
Every person has a duty to report to CYFD or law enforcement any suspicion that a child is being maltreated. To report suspected child abuse or neglect, individuals can call #SAFE (#7233) from a cell phone or call 1-855-333-SAFE from a land line. Together we can make a difference in the life of a child.