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FOR RELEASE: August 3 , 2006
CONTACT: Pamela Williams
Office of Communications

Oklahoma County Task Force Seeks Help to Prevent Child Abuse
Next Meeting is Aug. 11

Each year in Oklahoma more than 12,000 children do not experience “safe and sound” homes because of child abuse and neglect. In Oklahoma County, families, citizens, volunteers, professionals, and organizations are working together to prevent child abuse and neglect by meeting monthly to find ways to encourage community participation in these efforts.

To facilitate and strengthen this collaborative work, the District VII Child Abuse Prevention Task Force will hold monthly public meetings at the Rainbow Fleet, 3024 Paseo, Oklahoma City at 10 a.m. on Aug. 11, Sept. 8, Oct. 6, Nov. 9, and Dec. 8.

The District VII Child Abuse Prevention Task Force is a network of agencies, service providers, advocates, community organizations, and interested citizens who are committed to the prevention of child abuse. The Task Force provides:

  • a collective voice for the prevention of child abuse and neglect in Oklahoma,
  • a forum for the exchange of information, current research and successful child abuse prevention strategies,
  • an opportunity for networking among individuals committed to child abuse prevention,
  • an opportunity for individuals and/or organizations to advocate for policies and programs that support healthy families and children,
  • events to call attention to the importance of supporting families and children, educating the community, and preventing all forms of child maltreatment, and
  • a way for citizens, practitioners, and community-based agencies to provide substantive input into Oklahoma’s goals and strategies.

“We need to raise the public’s understanding of the far-reaching effects of child abuse, and empower and encourage people to become involved and support families and parents. Everyone in our community can play a role in the prevention of child abuse,” said District Task Force VII Coordinator Jessica Shatley. “We invite the community to join in our Task Force’s prevention efforts to help ensure that all children are safe and sound.”

For more information about child abuse prevention programs and activities throughout the year, contact Jessica Shatley at (405) 271-8858 x 42131.


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