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Statewide Pinwheels for Prevention Events

Posted: Friday, April 4, 2014

On Tuesday, April 8 at 7:30 p.m., communities across the state will gather together simultaneously for pinwheels for prevention ceremonies marking the need to prevent child abuse in Indiana. April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and in Huntington County, a special ceremony will take place on the Huntington County Courthouse, north lawn.

Statewide, DCS is working with local Prevent Child Abuse Indiana councils, court-appointed special advocates (CASAs) as well as other child advocacy groups and local officials, to unite families, neighbors, professionals and policy-makers in the concerted effort to identify and address the issues that lead to abuse or neglect.

“This is about unity and solidarity in making children a priority.   We as a community have a duty and need to work together for the safety and protection of children.” said Elizabeth Learned, local director. “By the time children come into the DCS system, they’re already victims of abuse or neglect,” Learned continued. “We need all eyes and ears in the community reporting child abuse and neglect, but equally important, we need everyone - from families and extended families to neighbors and friends - working together to prevent child abuse.”

Jan Williams, executive director of Youth Services Bureau, says their organization sees the root causes everyday of child abuse as their agency works with families. “Parenting is hard enough,” said Williams, “but when families are also struggling with basic survival needs like food, shelter and keeping the lights on, it can create stress and hopelessness that escalates into child abuse.”

Child abuse prevention is a cause that should mobilize our communities to blend our resources, talents and efforts in order to protect vulnerable children,” says Learned, “There is tremendous work being done to protect our children in the State of Indiana, but there is always opportunity for each of us to do more.”

There are approximately 78 CHINS (Children In Need of Services) in Huntington County being served by DCS. The Indiana Child Abuse/Neglect Hotline is (800) 800-5556 or online www.in.gov/dcs.