FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

Children’s Trust plants its annual Pinwheel Garden

 

Contact: Joey Coakley Beck, Children’s Trust

540-344-3579 x28 or email: joey.beck@roact.org

 

March 30, 2022 – Children’s Trust will kick-off National Child Abuse Prevention Month on Friday, April 1, 9:00 a.m. at The Community Arboretum located at Virginia Western Community College, 3094 Colonial Avenue, Roanoke, VA 24015.

Children’s Trust volunteers and staff will plant its annual garden of 3500 pinwheels. The public is welcome to join us in the planting and the pinwheels will remain on display during the month of April. We expect the planting to take approximately one and a half to two hours.

Pinwheels are the national symbol for child abuse prevention. By its very nature, the pinwheel connotes whimsy and childlike notions. In essence, it has come to serve as the physical embodiment, or reminder, of the great childhoods we want for all children.

https://www.wsls.com/news/local/2022/04/01/suffering-in-silence-the-prevalence-of-child-abuse-in-the-roanoke-valley/

Children’s Trust consists of five programs: CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), Children’s Advocacy Center, Children First Child Abuse Prevention, Healthy Families, and the Trauma Informed Community Network. These programs combine to provide public education outreach, effective advocacy, and a strong network of support for children and families and is dedicated to coordinating services that will improve the community by promoting awareness about child abuse, providing family support through education, providing a child-friendly environment for the investigation of abuse, and advocating for the best interests of abused and neglected children.