On Monday, April 11, 2022 Sutton County Commissioners gathered in the Sutton County Annex to handle a rather light agenda and proclaim April as Child Abuse Awareness Month.

Juvenile Probation officer Jerry Jimenez was present to read the Sutton County Child Abuse Prevention Month Proclamation:

WHEREAS children are the future of Sutton County and Texas, and we continue to work towards a County that is greater for them than the one we grew up in; and

WHEREAS our community benefits from children who become contributing members of our society; and

WHEREAS finding solutions to child maltreatment requires input and action from everyone, and education efforts increase public awareness about ways to recognize and prevent child abuse; and

WHEREAS community efforts are instrumental in combating the long term effects of child maltreatment including psychological, emotional, and physical effects that have lifelong consequences for victims of abuse; and

WHEREAS effective child abuse prevention programs succeed because of partnerships among citizens, social agencies, schools, faith communities, civic organizations, law enforcement agencies, and the business community; and

WHEREAS prevention remains the best defense for our children and families.

NOW, THEREFORE, we the Sutton County Commissioners Court, do hereby proclaim April 2022 as Child Abuse Prevention Month for Sutton County.
We call upon all citizens to “Say Something, Do Something for Kids,” by dedicating ourselves to the task of preventing child abuse and strengthening the communities in which we live.

Thousands of Texans will wear blue, the official color of prevention, to show their support for children. Many community events and activities are scheduled throughout the month to emphasize the critical importance of preventing child abuse and neglect and keeping children safe.

After the dismissal of commissioners court, many gathered to tie blue ribbons around the trees on the courthouse lawn. The ribbons will remain in place for the month of April.

Here are a few links to pages that can be of use:
https://www.getparentingtips.com/
https://www.dfps.state.tx.us/youth-help line/
https://www.dfps.state.tx.us/Prevention_and_Early_Intervention/Grantees/social_media_toolkits/child_abuse.asp

Rachel Duran presided over the meeting along with commissioners Carl Perez, Lee Bloodworth and Bob Brockman. The Sutton County Commissioners meet the 2nd and 4th Monday of the month.
All meetings are open to the public.