Planting pinwheels for child abuse prevention
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Partnering with CARES Northwest and students from our neighborhood school, we planted Pinwheels for Prevention® in the children's garden at Randall Children's Hospital to help bring awareness about child abuse. We can all keep kids safe and families strong.
Below are some ways to help Oregon's children and prevent child abuse.
–As a parent, take a time out when stressors pile up or you feel overwhelmed.
–Let your children know they are loved and capable of following their dreams.
–Lend a helping hand to your neighbors and friends, so parents can recharge.
–Reach out to a child in your community - offer a smile or encouragement.
–Help educate the public on the stages of child development so people have appropriate expectations of children.
–Encourage families to form relationships with support services, such as mentoring groups or parenting classes.
–Be an active community member. Volunteer at an agency or organization that supports children and families.
–TRUST your instincts and report any suspected abuse or neglect at 1-855-503-SAFE (7233).
For additional resources or information on child abuse prevention, check out the links below.
CARES Northwest - www.caresnw.org
Children's Trust Fund of Oregon - www.ctfo.org
Prevent Child Abuse America - www.preventchildabuse.org
Contact Ashley Stanford Cone for questions or comments.