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FOR RELEASE: April 9 , 2007
CONTACT: Pamela Williams
Office of Communications
405/271-5601

Child Abuse Prevention Day at the Capitol, Tomorrow

What:                      Child Abuse Prevention Day at the Capitol

When & Where:   Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Featuring:              8:00 a.m. -- breakfast presentations in Governor’s Conference Room. Speakers: Sen. Tom Adelson; Rep. Ron Peters; Steve Barghols, OKC Attorney; Michael McClintock, OKC Attorney     
                                 9:30 a.m. – Legislative Primer 101 with Anne Roberts, Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy (OICA)
                               10:00 a.m. – Proclamation & Photo with Gov. Brad Henry
                               11:00 a.m. Melanie Willis, Mrs. OKC 2007 speaker; followed by luncheon in 4th Floor Capitol Rotunda
                                 1:00 p.m. closing comments and special vocal presentation by Anne Roberts, OICA

Background:    April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. Each week child protective services agencies in the USA receive more than 50,000 reports of suspected child abuse or neglect. In 2005, in Oklahoma there were more than 13,300 confirmations of child abuse and neglect. During that same year, 40 Oklahoma children died as a result of child abuse and neglect. Sponsors include: Banc First; The Exchange Club Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse; Prevent Child Abuse Oklahoma; Oklahoma State Department of Health Family Support & Prevention Service and the Office of Child Abuse & Prevention.

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