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Mayor Michael Hancock, DHS to Kick-Off Child Abuse Prevention Month

DENVER – April 1, 2015 – Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock will join Denver Human Services (DHS) Executive Director Penny May, DHS employees, city agency representatives and more than a dozen community partners to Help Kids Soar at the kick-off for National Child Abuse Prevention Month in Denver on Thursday, April 2 in the 2nd Floor Rotunda of the City and County Building. The Mayor will also be joined by Vanessa Ramos, a teen mom participating in DHS’ Parent Partners Program.

Each year, DHS joins agencies, nonprofits and businesses across the city to recognize child abuse prevention month. This year DHS is shining a light on prevention by turning the city blue. Buildings throughout Denver will be lighted in blue to draw attention to the importance of preventing child abuse and neglect before it occurs.

Buildings and other locations displaying blue lights include:

·         The tower on the City and County Building

·         Denver International Airport’s Inbound Peña Boulevard welcome sign

·         LED signs along 14th and 16th Streets in downtown Denver

·         Daniels and Fisher Clock Tower

·         Four Seasons Hotel

·         DaVita

·         University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus (in partnership with Arapaho Human Services)

In addition to the lights, blue and silver pinwheels will be on display throughout the city during the month of April. Pinwheels are symbolic of our commitment to helping kids soar by strengthening families and keeping kids safe.

At Thursday’s kick-off event, DHS will also announce the recipients of 13 mini-grants to support child abuse prevention month activities throughout the community.

WHO:              Mayor Michael B. Hancock

                        DHS Executive Director Penny May

                        DHS Parent Partner Vanessa Ramos

                        Community Partner Mini-Grant Recipients

WHAT:            National Child Abuse Prevention Month Kick-Off

WHEN:            Thursday, April 2 at 10 a.m.

WHERE:          2nd Floor Rotunda, City and County Building, 1437 Bannock Street

 

National Child Abuse Prevention Month is a time when people across the U.S. talk about the importance of parenting, of being a good role model for children and about ways to recognize and report suspected child abuse and neglect. Colorado now has one simple number to report suspected child abuse and neglect: 1-844-CO-4-Kids.

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About Denver Human Services

Denver Human Services provides assistance, and protection and prevention services to Denver’s most vulnerable. Assistance programs are provided to eligible Denver residents and include federal food, cash and medical benefits, child care, child support, and energy, rental veterans and burial assistance. Protection and Prevention services are provided via child, youth and adult protection services, along with community focused programming such as homeless services, and substance abuse awareness campaigns. For more information, visit www.denvergov.org/humanservices.