Commonwealth of Massachusetts
A Proclamation
His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick

Whereas Children are the Commonwealth’s greatest resource and deserve our utmost protection and care; and

Whereas Among the most important issues facing us today, child abuse and neglect crosses all cultural, ethnic, economic and social lines; and

Whereas The best means to prevent child abuse and neglect is by providing parents with the skills, information and resources they need and deserve to be the best parents they can be; and

Whereas Child abuse and neglect is often generational within families, and the most important factor in breaking that cycle is to ensure that children grow up in safe and caring environments, and

Whereas When parents experience positive social connections they feel less isolated and frustrated and are less likely to commit abuse or neglect; and

Whereas When parents understand child development, their expectations of child behavior is more appropriate, and when coupled with useful parenting tools, such as positive discipline techniques, knowledgeable parents have more confidence in their parenting skills and create healthier home environments for their children; and

Whereas Protecting children and preventing child abuse and neglect in our Commonwealth requires the participation and partnership of every Massachusetts citizen, business leader and family-service professional,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim April 2012, to be,

Child Abuse Prevention Month

And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.

Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this ninth day of March, in the year two thousand and twelve, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-fifth.
By His Excellency                  

Deval L. Patrick                
Governor of the Commonwealth         

William Francis Galvin               
Secretary of the Commonwealth  

God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts