Prevent Child Abuse Pickens Celebrates Each April as Prevent Child Abuse Month
Why Pinwheels for Prevention?
For two decades, market research consistently has shown that the public views child abuse and neglect as a serious problem. As a national organization whose mission is “to prevent the abuse and neglect of our nation’s children,” our emphasis is to now transform that awareness into action. We now have that opportunity through the pinwheel, which reminds us of childlike notions and stands for the chance at the healthy, happy and full lives all children deserve.
Pinwheels for Prevention began as a grassroots campaign among our chapters in Georgia, Florida and Ohio. Their success and our desire to create a national symbol for child abuse and neglect prevention led us to take this effort nationwide in 2008.
Prevent Child Abuse America, founded in 1972 in Chicago, works to ensure the healthy development of children nationwide. The organization promotes that vision through a network of chapters in 50 states and 581 Healthy Families America® home visitation sites in 41 states, all the territories, Puerto Rico and Canada. A major organizational focus is to advocate for the existence of a national policy framework and strategy for children and families while promoting evidence-based practices that prevent abuse and neglect from ever occurring.
Supporting Prevent Child Abuse Pickens means more than just supporting our agency, it is a way to give our children a healthy, successful future. 100% of every dollar you donate goes directly to support our home visitation program – Parents as Teachers. A strong community that values parenting and families makes a safe and healthy environment for kids. Supporting Prevent Child Abuse Pickens means more than just supporting our organization, it is a way to give our children a secure future.
In 1983, U. S. presidential proclamation named April as Child Abuse Prevention Month. Since then, each April, Prevent Child Abuse Pickens (PCAP) promotes the need of awareness for the entire community as well as at risk families, through the sale of blue pinwheels. Each pinwheel is a reminder of the need to prevent abuse of a child.
PCAP’s mission is to prevent child abuse and neglect though education and support. Planting garden pinwheels is one way the advocates for safe children do this, through its Footsteps for Families and Parents as Teachers programs. In 2011, PCA Pickens planted 532 pinwheels to represent each reported case of child abuse in Pickens County. Last year’s planting showed a 23 percent decline of reported cases, with only 396 pinwheels planted. A fine proof that PCAP’s programs work, but they still need your help.
Churches, businesses, schools, and medical facilities are encouraged to walk in the Footsteps of Families and Parents as Teachers by helping rescue the abused children by promoting and selling the garden pinwheels to each entities’ members, customers, and co-workers. In fact, the planting of pinwheel gardens at home or at business sites can create a wider sphere of community awareness. Prevention before it starts is the goal. The entirety—100-perecnt of the proceeds—goes to the cause of abused kids. Anyone who participates in PCAP’s programs, including buying and selling, and planting garden windmills, is helping children who are neglected.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Children’s Bureau reported in 2013 that in the 50 states, District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, an estimated 679,000 children were abused or neglected victims. The saddest report is that 1,484 children lost their lives because of gross injurious mistreatment. Yet the majority of these cases are preventable when community programs and systems are engaged and supportive. A caring community, made up of individuals and organizations, can foster healthy children and families that nurture.
Footsteps for Families is a program designed and administered by Prevent Child Abuse Pickens (PCAP) which greets expectant parents and provides them guidance, parenting education, referrals and family support throughout pregnancy. The goal of PCA Pickens is simple – to stop child abuse and neglect before it starts. Preparing parents for their new life of caring for a newborn, with all its challenges goes a long way toward preventing serious problems from developing.
A follow up program by PCA Pickens, Parents as Teachers, stays with the family, until the child enters kindergarten, coaching them in the preparing their child for school and beyond. Every child needs to feel safe, healthy, nurtured, loved. Unfortunately, maligned children offer suffer toxic stress as a result of neglect and this damages their brains in ways that create outcomes that last a lifetime. Not only does abuse harm more than just an individual child’s chances for and happy life and success as an adult but it also increases the annual economic burden of communities for future generations. This is where a concerned community steps up and helps prevent such tragic futures.
Whenever blue pinwheells are spied around the Pickens County community, there is a reminder that help is being provided to wronged children who cannot help themselves. All citizens can play a role in the lives of hurting children. Working together, a strong chain of help can be built to overcome abuse and neglect. Anyone can join PCA Picken’s work to give every parent and child a bright future, to provide ideas, and foster support and talent.
In addition, PCA Pickens work is funded by foundation grants, corporate gifts, special events, private contributions by companies, foundations, organizations, and individuals, who help make a difference in the lives of children and their families.
Ongoing with PCA Pickens programs is the dedicated work of volunteers who assist with monthly group activity programs, help with the pinwheel roadblocks, speak about prevention in the community, participate in various events, and provide ideas, support, and talent.
The task at hand is to plant blue garden pinwheels and see them spinning throughout Pickens County. Our gardens will look mighty pretty this spring and summer and through autumn because our community cares about its kids in crisis, but more our caring can prevent the bad times and provide the happy times.
We are in the business of helping create positive and nurturing home environments to give our children and families the best possible opportunities to grow and thrive. You too can help us grow and enrich families’ lives by volunteering for one of our programs, making a monetary donation or just by talking to us to give us your ideas, support and talents.
Prevent Child Abuse Pickens serves as a resource for parents and families, connecting them with help, support, and resources.
The PCAP highlight of the year is their Long Table at Main (LToM) Dinner Gala. In 2014 it provided a night to remember for 175 guests on Main Street with delicious food, an outstanding 18-piece orchestra, dancing under the stars, and a copious amount of fun and community camaraderie. LToM 2015 promises to be bigger, better and more magical as caring people gather to celebrate their caring for kids in crisis. Save the date: Saturday October 10th!
To volunteer, donate and purchase or sell pinwheels please contact:
Prevent Child Abuse Pickens
1222-C East Church Street Jasper, GA 30143