Child Abuse Prevention Month
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. It is a time to celebrate the good things our communities do to promote healthy child development as well as a time to reflect on the work that remains.
Pinwheels are Prevent Child Abuse America’s symbol for prevention. Shining in the sun, the pinwheels represent a bright future for our children and our community and the great childhoods that all children deserve.
During the month of April, you might notice pinwheel gardens created at child care centers as a symbol of the small actions that ensure great childhoods.
Children and Family Leadership envisions Monongalia County as a county where all families are sustained, all children grow up free from abuse and neglect, all parents and caregivers have the knowledge and support needed to raise healthy children, and all communities promote the overall well being of children through sound policies and systemic approach to keep them safe.
Children and Family Leadership Council strives to be the vehicle of change in preventing child abuse and neglect, building awareness and understanding of the importance of early development to the future success of children, supporting and/or initiating public and private collaborations that improve and/or expand the current range of services for children and families.
Children and Family Leadership Strategic Objectives:
Early Childhood Education Partnerships- a collaborative effort to identify develop and implement responsive services to young children and families.
Child Abuse Prevention Awareness- increase awareness on the protective factors that contribute to healthy families, effective parenting and prevention of child maltreatment.
Success by Six Initiative- a systematic approach to educate and increase awareness about the importance of early brain development.