DeShon Laraye Pullen PLC continues to give back to the community with another one of our monthly charity efforts. With July being National Childhood Arthritis Awareness Month, we are proud to serve as a sponsor for the Arthritis Foundation’s Give Green Get Green Campaign.

Currently, arthritis is the number one cause of disability in America. And it is not limited to adults. Approximately 300,000 children are affected as well.

National Child Abuse Prevention Month is an annual April observance created to raise awareness for a serious problem that shows no sign of ending. The annual commemoration started in 1983 and remains as important now as it was 35 years ago.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2015 saw 683,000 children victimized by neglect and physical abuse. Not only did that overall number grow 1.2 percent from the previous year, three key metrics involving referrals to and investigations by Child Protective Services also increased.

The statistics are alarming and should serve as a wake-up call to not only stem the growth, but also put an end to child maltreatment.

Readers may recall our post last month about Mother’s Day. It may come as no surprise that the inspiration for a holiday celebrating America’s fathers came from the invention of Mother’s Day, which became a national holiday in 1914.

However, it took a while for supporters of a version for fathers to get momentum, according to the History Channel’s website. Though 45 states recognized Mother’s Day by 1909, it was not until 1908 that the first Father’s Day celebration took place at a West Virginia church. Curiously, many people believed that children simply did not feel the same sentimental attachment for their fathers as they did for their mothers.

At DeShon Laraye Pullen PLC, we are commemorating National Safety Month with a special offer for our clients.

For more than four decades, The National Center for Youth Law has worked to improve the lives of disadvantages children and youth. Taking the lead on various campaigns has helped to ensure that governmental systems truly provide the support young people need to thrive.

In February, Arizona legislators in both houses passed SB 1393 that formalized the rights of parents to secure custody of in vitro embryos as part of divorce proceedings. The embryos would be developed to birth despite any protests by ex-spouses who do not want to have children.

The bill is now law as Gov. Doug Ducey signed it on April 4.

March’s National Reading Month has ended for another year. The annual event that commemorates children taking their eyes off smart phones and tablets in favor of hard-copy books, appropriately falls on the birthday month of prolific author Theodor Seuss Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss.

Early in March, DeShon Laraye Pullen PLC encouraged prospective and existing clients to bring in new children’s books in exchange for a free initial consultation at our office or over the phone.

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss

While March famously launches and leaves like two famous animals, the creatures created by Dr. Seuss serve an important role in an annual commemoration. The third month of the year represents the start of National Reading Month. The fact that it also falls on Theodor Seuss Geisel’s birthday is anything but a coincidence.

DeShon Laraye Pullen’s commitment to the community shows in her firm’s funding of various charities. One cause in particular is close to the hearts of DeShon and the entire family at DLP PLC.

Follow Your Heart Animal Rescue where no breed is denied. The Mesa-based organization is “committed to preventing the unnecessary euthanization and abuse of abandoned and/or abused animals.”

Because May is National Guide Dog Month, DeShon Laraye Pullen PLC is running a charity promotion to benefit a more than worthy cause.

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