Advocates for Children Recognizes National Child Abuse Prevention Month with a Series of Events

In recognition of National Child Abuse Prevention Month, Advocates for Children is hosting a series of events to promote the idea that when children have great childhoods, our community will continue to prosper. Research shows that when children grow up in safe, stable, nurturing families and communities they are more likely to do well in school and grow up to become contributing citizens who give back to their community

“April is a time to celebrate the important role that communities play in protecting children,” said Advocates for Children President and CEO Karen White. “Everyone’s participation is critical. Focusing on ways to build on this effort is the best thing our community can do to prevent child maltreatment and promote optimal child development.”

As part of the month’s awareness opportunities, Advocates for Children will be at the Old Bartow County Courthouse April 10, to plant a pinwheel garden. Such gardens are used by organizations nationwide to remind people of the community’s role when it comes to the healthy childhood development. The pinwheel is the national symbol of child abuse prevention. This event is part of the national Pinwheels for Prevention® campaign, which has seen more than 3 million pinwheels distributed nationwide since April 2008.

“While the pinwheel creates a memorable and compelling visual, it is the story behind the pinwheel that has the biggest effect,” said White. “The pinwheel represents the great childhoods and successful futures all children deserve.”

On April 13, staff members of Advocates for Children will be at Friendship Plaza from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to distribute information about the programs and services available to children and families. The public is invited to drop by to receive information, talk to staff members about prevention and intervention techniques and learn about resources available.

Additionally, Advocates for Children will offer Darkness to Light training on April 26 at the Allatoona Resource Center, inviting the community to become advocates for children. The Darkness to Light program provides individuals with the knowledge and capability to prevent, recognize and react to child sexual abuse. As a nationally acclaimed program, the two-hour session uses scientific data to improve the attitudes and behaviors toward child protection. Pre-registration is requested at the Allatoona Resource Center or by emailing [email protected].

“It’s essential that every adult in our community plays an active role in the lives of children and families they know,” said White. “When we do all we can to ensure today’s children grow up in safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments, we are investing in healthier, contributing citizens who will give back to our community.”

Advocates for Children provides direct care to children from birth to age 18 who have been victims of abuse and neglect. In addition, the organization offers preventive and educational programming that focuses on crucial elements of family wellness. Staff and volunteers work tirelessly to provide resources, care and encouragement to children and families.

For more information about the services and programs provided through Advocates for Children, visit AdvoChild.org.

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