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For Release: February 11, 2010 
Contact: Pamela Williams
Office of Communications
(405) 271-5601

Celebrate Child Abuse Prevention Day at the State Capitol on February 23

“Strong Families are as American as Apple Pie!” is the theme of this year’s Child Abuse Prevention Day, starting at 8 a.m. Feb. 23 at the State Capitol. Informational displays about child abuse prevention activities will be on display and the public is encouraged to attend and get involved in the programs and activities available to help prevent child abuse and neglect.

In 2008, more than 11,700 children were abused and/or neglected in Oklahoma.

“We want to invite those interested in preventing child abuse and neglect to come to the event. It will take all of us getting involved at the family and community levels to make a difference in the life of a child by mentoring and assisting families in little ways that help alleviate stress, especially during these tough economic times,” said Sherie Trice, coordinator, Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) Community Based Child Abuse Prevention Grant.  

Child Abuse Prevention Day at the State Capitol will begin with a morning legislative breakfast in room 512A sponsored by Smart Start Oklahoma. The Linwood Elementary Children’s Choir will provide entertainment and a workshop on advocacy training by Amanda Moran of Smart Start Oklahoma will be held in room 412A.

A closing ceremony at 1 p.m. will feature Linda Terrell, executive director of the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy, as the keynote speaker. In addition, PowerPoint presentations of the Blue Ribbon Tree photos from last year will be shown on the fourth floor.

For more information about Child Abuse Prevention Day at the State Capitol or for general information on how to help prevent child abuse and neglect, contact Sherie Trice, OSDH Community Based Child Abuse Prevention grant coordinator, OSDH Family Support and Prevention Service, at (405) 271-7611, or visit http://fsps.health.ok.gov.

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