Throughout the month of April, you may see blue and silver pinwheels at various locations. To raise awareness of April as Child Abuse Prevention Month, Prevent Child Abuse New York and its sister chapters around the nation mobilize Pinwheels for Prevention campaigns. Pinwheels symbolize a happy, carefree childhood and the belief that assisting children early is less costly than trying to fix problems after things go wrong. Everyone has a role in preventing child abuse and supporting families.
Individuals, businesses, schools, community organizations, volunteers, policy makers and families can get involved by: planting pinwheels gardens in a public place, wearing pinwheel lapels, displaying car and storefront clings and signing a promise to prevent child abuse.
Preventing child abuse often happens at the community level. A strong, supportive community that values parenting and families makes a safe and healthy environment for children. Successful family-support and child abuse programs bolster protective factors by: facilitating friendships and support, strengthening parenting and providing extra support to families when they need it.
Every child deserves a healthy, nurturing childhood and the opportunity to grow to become a caring, productive adult. Unfortunately, the stress of child abuse and neglect can damage a developing child’s brain in ways that may create poor outcomes that last a lifetime. Please join us in our work to give every parent, child and community in New York a healthy and successful future. The leaders of tomorrow are counting on us.
For more information related to defining and recognizing child abuse/neglect, please visit www.preventchildabuseny.org. To access information, tips or additional support, please call 1-800-CHILDREN. This service is a free, confidential information and referral service. If you suspect a child is being abused or neglected, please contact the NYS Hotline at 1-800-342-3720.
Remember Prevention Works!