April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

Beginning in 1985, April has been nationally recognized as Child Abuse Prevention Month. This month and throughout the year, the Welcome Newborns Program encourages all individuals and organizations to play a role in making Delta County a better place for families. By ensuring that parents have the knowledge, skills, and resources they need to care for their children, we can help prevent child abuse and neglect by strengthening families and communities.

As a Local Council of Michigan’s Children’s Trust Fund, the Welcome Newborns program observes Child Abuse Prevention (CAP) Month.

“April is a time to celebrate the important roll that communities play in protecting children,” said Lannie Berg, Welcome Newborns Program coordinator. “Everyone’s participation is critical.”

During Child Abuse Prevention Month each year, our Welcome Newborns program of Delta County participates in the National Pinwheel for Prevention campaign. Sponsored by the Michigan Children’s Trust Fund, silver and blue pinwheels will be sold locally, and the proceeds will be used to provide child abuse prevention education and materials for the families within Delta County.

In addition “Pinwheel Gardens” will be planted across the state of Michigan. The pinwheel is a national symbol for child abuse and neglect for prevention because it is reflective of the bright future all children deserve.

Thousands of pinwheels will spin in courthouses, schools, libraries 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.

When weather permits a “Pinwheel Garden” will be planted locally by the Welcome Newborns program of Delta County. The pinwheel garden will be located on the grounds of the Escanaba Public Safety Building in Escanaba. Additional “Pinwheel Gardens” will be planted by MDS CAA Early Childhood Head Start and Early Head Start programs later in the month of April.

For more information, or to purchase a pinwheel for a donation, call the Welcome Newborns office at (906) 786-7080, Extension 143 or send an email to: rolandaberg@yahoo.com.