[United States Statutes at Large, Volume 124, 111th Congress, 2nd Session]
[From the U.S. Government Printing Office, www.gpo.gov]

PROCLAMATION 8490--APR. 1, 2010

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Proclamation 8490 of April 1, 2010
National Child Abuse Prevention Month, 2010
By the President of the United States of America
A Proclamation

Our children are our most valuable resource, and they need our support
to thrive and grow into healthy, productive adults. During National
Child Abuse Prevention Month, we renew our unwavering commitment to
protecting children and responding to child abuse, promoting healthy
families, and building a brighter future for all Americans.
Every child deserves a nurturing family and a safe environment, free
from fear, abuse, and neglect. Tragically, sexual, emotional, and
physical abuse threaten too many children every day in communities
across our Nation. Parents, guardians, relatives, and neighbors all
share a responsibility to prevent these devastating crimes, and our
government plays a critical role as well.
My Administration is committed to helping future generations succeed. We
are focused on engaging parents in their children's early learning and
development, ensuring the safety and well-being of all families, and
creating opportunities for all Americans. We are also partnering with
Federal, State, and local agencies to better coordinate early childhood
services and improve the lives of young children and their families.
Together, we can ensure that every child grows up in a safe, stable, and
nurturing environment, free from abuse and neglect. I encourage all
Americans to visit: www.ChildWelfare.gov/Preventing to learn what they
can do to stop child abuse in their communities.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of
America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and
laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim April 2010 as National
Child Abuse Prevention Month. I call upon all Americans to observe this
month with programs and activities that help prevent child abuse and
provide for children's physical, emotional, and developmental needs.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this first day of April,
in the year of our Lord two thousand ten, and of the Independence of the
United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fourth.