Assisting with efforts to raise awareness this year is Child Abuse Prevention Month Honorary Chair Robert H. Dugger, Ph.D, managing partner of Hanover Investment Group, an asset consulting company specializing in fiscal transitions. Dr. Dugger has had a long and varied career in business and public service. His philanthropic commitments have been in two areas– investing early in the lives of American children, and wildlife conservation in Africa. He is a founder of ReadyNation, chairman of the Invest in Kids Working Group, and a Trustee of the Committee of Economic Development– all projects focused on ascertaining and communicating the economic growth and job creation value of investing early in the lives of children.
“We know that abuse and neglect robs children of their potential. All too soon they fall behind on this journey called life. By working together we can change how society interacts with these children during the early years so their God-given capabilities are nurtured,” said Dr. Dugger, a board member of Smart Beginnings, a member of Governor Kaine’s Strong Start Pre-Kindergarten Council and former co-chair of Governor Warner’s Virginia Early Learning Council.
“As a longtime advocate for children, I support Virginia’s efforts to prevent child abuse and educate parents and caregivers about resources and programs to strengthen their parenting skills. Parents can do better when they have support. Strong families empower our nation. Working to put children first protects our nations’ best resource,” said Dr. Dugger.