Newport Mayor David Stewart signed a proclamation on Tuesday, March 27th announcing April as National Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month in Newport. The proclamation is intended to urge citizens to recognize April by dedicating themselves to the task of improving the quality of life for all children and families.

            Within the proclamation, the following statements are listed. Child abuse and neglect is a serious problem affecting every segment of our community, and finding solutions requires input and action from everyone in the community. The children are the most valuable resources and will shape the future of Newport. Child abuse can have long-term psychological, emotional, and physical effects that can have lifelong consequences for victims. Protective factors are conditions that reduce or eliminate risk and promote the social, emotional and developmental well-being of children. Effective child abuse prevention activities succeed because of the meaningful connections and partnerships created between child welfare, education, health, community, faith-based organization, businesses and law enforcement agencies. Communities must make every effort to promote programs and activities that benefit children and their families. We acknowledge that we must work together as a community to increase awareness about child abuse and contribute to promote the social and emotional well-being of children and families in a safe, stable, nurturing environment. Prevention remains the best defense for our children and families.

            Pictured with Mayor David Steward are local child advocates, including employees of the Department of Human Services and CASA volunteers and employees. CASA’s Pre Derby Day Party is set for Saturday, April 28th at 6 pm. The event will be at the Newport Country Club. Tickets are $ 35.00. for more information call 870-994-7844 or visit online www.gatewaycasa.org.