The Bullock County Department of Human Resources (DHR) held its Annual Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Proclamation program on Wednesday, April 28, 2021. Community stakeholders gathered around the outside of the DHR building among the planted blue pinwheels to raise awareness and unify to prevent child abuse.
Child Welfare Supervisor Chenequia Peterson welcomed those present and shared that the theme for April is “Growing a Better Tomorrow for All Children Together.”
According to Peterson, April recognizes the importance of families and children working together to strengthen families to prevent child abuse and neglect.
District Judge Cooper Rutland spoke about child abuse and its presence in the county and the court’s role.
He also discussed the purpose and utilization of the Children’s Trust Fund. Judge Rutland expressed words of encouragement and appreciation to the DHR staff for their service to the children of Bullock County.
Union Springs Mayor Roderick Clark and Mayor Mildred Whittington from the Town of Midway shared their appreciation to the department for protecting children and provided Child Abuse Prevention Proclamations.
Bullock County Commissioner John McGowan and Bullock County Commissioner Don Larkins also expressed their appreciation for the collaborative efforts of protecting children and preventing child abuse.
Agency Director Tracy Larkins provided closing remarks and thanked all participants for their commitment to children.
Larkins stated that “child abuse is real throughout the world and in Bullock County,” she added that it takes everyone working together to stand up and protect the most precious resource, and that is our children.
Director Larkins provided local and state data regarding investigations and victims of child abuse.
DHR staff passed out gift bags and blue balloons to all participants. The blue balloons were released in honor of children who have been subjected to abuse and/or neglect.
Individuals are encouraged to call their local County Department of Human Resources or local law enforcement agency to report suspected abuse or neglect.