Whimsical, joyful and fun. Everyone loves pinwheels. When the wind starts blowing, their dance begins, delighting children and adults alike. In Bartow County, blue pinwheel “gardens” are popping up all over the place for a very special reason. Each spring, much like the daffodils and tulips making themselves known, the pinwheels arrive and herald the month of April.
What is Special About April?
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, a nationally recognized month dedicated to raising awareness to prevent child abuse and empowering people across the nation to play a role in making great childhoods happen.
For some parents, to be the best they can be for their children means taking steps to strengthen their families by finding support. When provided the knowledge, skills and resources needed, they can raise a happy, healthy child and grow hope out of hurt. This year, Advocates for Children and Harbin Clinic are dedicated to supporting families to reduce the risk of child abuse and neglect.
The pinwheels seen in Bartow County represent the 385 cases of alleged abuse or sexual assault upon children that Advocates for Children’s CAC handled in Bartow County in 2020. Child abuse is often unseen and unheard in our communities. The pinwheels are a visual reminder of those cases. But they also represent the joy and hope that result when people care enough to step in and help.
Advocates for Children and Harbin Clinic join many other community partners in raising awareness during the month of April for Child Abuse Prevention Month. Our partners include:
How can I help?
Find out more about how you can play a part and help create positive change in your community. Contact Advocates for Children today at 770-387-1143 or go to advochild.org for more information.