County names April as Children’s Month

By Barry Eberling; The Daily Republic
From page A3 | April 03, 2013 |

FAIRFIELD — Solano County this month is shining the spotlight on children who are in situations both good and bad.

The Solano County Board of Supervisors passed several resolutions Tuesday that involve children. The overarching resolution declared April as Children’s Month and 2013 as the Year of the Child.

“It is imperative that elected officials, community leaders and policy makers of today prioritize California’s children,” said a resolution presented by board Chairwoman Linda Seifert to Dana Dean of First 5 Solano.

Supervisor John Vasquez presented a resolution recognizing April as Child Abuse Prevention Month. Solano County had 3,700 reports of suspected child abuse and neglect from July 2011 through June 2012 and substantiated reports affecting 538 children.

“What greater asset than our children?” Vasquez said. “And what greater return in investment than investing in all our children? But their lives do not go without danger.”

Rosemary Kennedy of the Children’s Network said President Ronald Reagan declared April as the national Child Abuse Prevention Month in 1983.

“Here we are 30 years later, still fighting the good fight to help support families and keep children safe in our community,” she said.

Seifert presented a resolution recognizing Children’s Memorial Flag Day. The event will remember 22 Solano County children who died in 2012, 15 of whom were under the age of 1. Premature birth was the primary cause of death for infants, while motor vehicle accidents was the primary cause for older children.

This year’s ceremony will be at noon April 26 at the children’s garden in front of the county Health and Social Services building, 275 Beck Ave. in Fairfield. Seifert called the annual event one of the most moving she has attended.

“We’d like to have a year where we don’t have to have a Children’s Memorial Flag Day,” county Family Violence Prevention Officer Carolyn Wold said. “But that’s not the case this year.”

Col. John M. Klein Jr., vice commander of the 60th Air Mobility Wing at Travis Air Force Base, accepted a resolution declaring April the Month of the Military Child. It encourages people to support military children and their families.

Travis Air Force Base has 550 airmen deployed and many of them have children, Klein said. Some of the children live on base and some in the community. He thanked the community for embracing and supporting the children while their parents are abroad.

“We are extremely blessed to have a very strong partnership with our local community,” Klein said.

The county recognized April 18 as Children Light of Hope Day to recognize the work done by Court Appointed Special Advocates on behalf of foster children. Candy Pierce of the local CASA accepted the resolution.

“We need to bring a bit of hope and a bit of light to the children we serve,” she said.

Touro University officials accepted a resolution recognizing April 20-27 as National Infant Immunization Week. Other resolutions recognized April 14-20 as National Library Week, April 30 as El Dia De Los Libros and April 30 as Spankout Day, which encourages using nonviolent ways to discipline children.

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