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Pinwheel "Gardens" to be Planted across the State in April Pinwheels for Prevention events kick off April as Child Abuse Prevention Month
Pinwheel "Gardens" to be Planted across the State in April
Pinwheels for Prevention events kick off April as Child Abuse Prevention Month
LANSING - Thousands of pinwheels will spin in courthouse, school, library and city hall "gardens" in more than 28 Michigan counties throughout the month of April to call attention to the importance of child abuse and neglect prevention. The pinwheel is a national symbol for child abuse and neglect prevention because it is reflective of the bright future all children deserve.
The Children's Trust Fund (CTF) and more than 40 local prevention councils are sponsoring the pinwheel gardens in conjunction with Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm's proclamation of April as Child Abuse Prevention Month in Michigan. The Pinwheels for Prevention campaign focuses on community activities and public policies that promote prevention to reduce child abuse and neglect. Last year, 29,401 children were abused or neglected in Michigan.
The campaign is based on two beliefs:
- That the public recognizes child abuse and neglect as a serious problem, but often doesn't know how to prevent it.
- That issues the public cares about - including the economy and rising health care costs are related to child abuse and neglect.
"Children's Trust Fund is excited and pleased to see our partners from across the state of Michigan engage in these numerous public awareness efforts and activities," said CTF Director Michael Foley. "This is another opportunity to set the stage for a positive and affirmative commitment for all Michigan citizens to do their part to help our children be treated with dignity and respect."
"We encourage everyone to work with their local child abuse councils and to participate in local events," said Foley."The actions we take to promote healthy child development are the very actions that help prevent child abuse and neglect. Parent-child interaction, reading and constructive play are all very helpful. Healthy child development also leads to a better educated and more productive workforce, which is good for community and economic development."
CTF is Michigan's only independent, statewide, nonprofit organization dedicated to the prevention of child abuse and neglect. Since 1982, CTF has generated more than $60 million to support prevention programs and services in communities. Additionally, CTF funds 70 local child abuse and neglect prevention councils that serve 80 of Michigan's 83 counties and administers more than 20 community-based direct service grants across the state including childhood development programs, respite care and home visitation programs.
For information on where to go to participate in local Pinwheels for Prevention activities, please consult the attached list of the prevention councils that are taking part in the Pinwheels for Prevention campaign.
For more information on the Children's Trust Fund, please visit the CTF Web site at www.michigan.gov/ctf