County Commissioners and representatives from Olive Crest turned the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign blue today in support of Child Abuse Prevention Month.
"Child abuse is a serious problem that affects families across the County," Commission Chairman Marilyn Kirkpatrick said. "Today we are calling upon our residents to report suspected abuse, and to show our support for efforts to prevent child abuse and neglect."
"Last year, the County Department of Family Services found more than 2,400 instances of child abuse and neglect happened in Southern Nevada," Commission Vice Chairman Lawrence Weekly said. "We want those numbers to get to zero, and we all must work together to find ways to eliminate child abuse."
"Effective child abuse prevention programs succeed because of the partnerships that have been developed between social service agencies, schools, religious organizations, businesses and law enforcement," Commissioner Justin Jones said. "Olive Crest is a great partner that provides much needed support for families struggling with abuse."
"By providing parents the knowledge, skills, and resources they need to care for their children, we can work to prevent child abuse in our community," Commissioner Michael Naft said. "Also, we all need to be vigilant in reporting cases of suspected abuse and neglect to the Department of Family Services hotline at (702) 399-0081."
Information about the signs of abuse, abuse prevention tips and programs and services provided is available online at www.ClarkCountyNV.gov/hotline. Olive Crest is a non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention of child abuse, the treatment and education of at-risk children, and preserving families. County Commissioners and representatives from Olive Crest turned on blue light bulbs installed on the world-famous Welcome sign during a brief ceremony in front of the sign today. The light bulbs, which are usually yellow, surround the border of the sign. Like the famed Las Vegas Strip, the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign is in unincorporated Clark County.