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CENTRAL FLORIDA UNITES AGAINST CHILD ABUSE: TOGETHER 4 COUNTIES LAUNCH CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH

Press Conference on Thursday, April 17

WHAT:
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and to recognize this critical cause Mayor Buddy Dyer is hosting the Child Abuse Prevention Press Conference at Orlando City Hall’s Rotunda on Thursday, April 17. Children’s Advocacy Centers for Orange, Seminole, Osceola and Brevard Counties (along with leading government officials from those counties) will jointly announce Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Children’s Advocacy Centers (CAC) offer a child friendly – family centered model for coordinated identification and treatment services for survivors of abuse and neglect.

Child abuse is the leading cause of death for children under the age 4 and these Central Florida leaders will come together to raise critically important awareness of this issue and declare their personal commitment to Child Abuse Prevention.

WHEN:
Thursday, April 17
11:30 a.m. –12:00 p.m.

WHERE
Orlando City Hall Rotunda
400 South Orange Avenue

INTERVIEW OPPS:
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer
Orange County Vice Mayor Pete Clark
Seminole County Commissioner John Horan
Osceola County Chairman Fred Hawkins Jr.
State Attorney for the 18th Judicial Circuit Phil Archer
Kids House Executive Director, Ernie Hamilton
Howard Phillips Center Executive Director, Marie Martinez
Children’s Advocacy Center for Osceola County, Inc. Executive Director, Joy Chuba
Children’s Advocacy Center of Brevard Executive Director,Charles Biehl

VISUAL OPPS:

Issuing of Child Abuse Prevention Proclamations
Dignitaries holding Child Abuse Prevention Month “Blue Pinwheels for Prevention”
Dignitaries on stage holding mini billboard with 1-800-96-Abuse hotline number

CONTACT:
Seminole County
Caroline Dennis, Kids House
(407) 324-3036 X266
dennis@kidshouse.org
Orange County
Marie Martinez, The Howard Phillips Center for Children & Families
407.317.7430 X2108
Marie.Martinez@orlandohealth.com

Osceola County
Joy Chuba, Children’s Advocacy Center for Osceola County, Inc.
407-742-1548
jchuba@osceolakids.com
Brevard County
Charles Biehl, Children’s Advocacy Center of Brevard
(321) 241-6610 X6611
charles.biehl@schfbrevard.org

About Central Florida Unites Against Child Abuse:
Central Florida Unites Against Child Abuse is a collaborative effort of Orange, Seminole, Osceola and Brevard county Children’s Advocacy Centers who collectively serve more than 7,000 children suffering from abuse or neglect each year. In Seminole County Kids House (www.kidshouse.org) has assisted child victims of abuse since 1999. In Orange County The Howard Phillips Center for Children & Families through the Children’s Advocacy Center (www.arnoldpalmerhospital.com/hpc) has served the community since 1999. The Children’s Advocacy Center of Osceola County, Inc (www.osceolakids.com) has helped children recover from abuse since 2003. The Children’s Advocacy Center of Brevard (www.cacbrevard.org) has worked to aid children affected by abuse since 2006. For more information about Child Abuse Prevention month visit www.getoutyourblues.com

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