Jackson County Department of Health and Human Services is marking Child Abuse Prevention Month by raising awareness about child abuse and neglect throughout April.
The front lawn of the Jackson County Courthouse will be covered with 458 pinwheels throughout the month of April. Each pinwheel represents one report of Child Abuse and/or Neglect that was received by Jackson County Department of Health & Human Services in 2017.
“Each pinwheel represents an adult who was the voice and an advocate for a child they believed to have been abused or neglected,” said Children and Families Division Manager Dan Williams.
The effort is known as Pinwheels for Prevention. The pinwheels will serve as a month-long reminder that every child deserves a bright future, and that it takes a community of individuals to prevent child abuse.
This month and throughout the year, Jackson County Department of Health and Human Services encourages all individuals and organizations to help prevent child abuse in Jackson County. “One of the best ways to prevent child abuse is to make sure parents are doing well,” said Williams. Supporting families and ensuring parents have knowledge, skills and resources they need to parent effectively can help protect children from the risk of child abuse and neglect.
Jackson County’s Children and Families Division encourages individuals and organizations to:
- Take time to talk to parents in your neighborhood and get to know them.
- Share local resources and family fun events with families.
- Bring a meal or groceries to a family with young children.
- Organize a family fun event – such as a family story night, game or movie night.
- Advocate for legislation and funding which support family programs within your community.
In addition to the Pinwheels for Prevention, displays with facts about Child Abuse and Neglect will be located at the Department of Health & Human Services, Courthouse, and other community sites.