Pinwheels for Prevention

WARREN – In recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month, Trumbull County Children Services in conjunction with Akron Children’s Hospital’s Mahoning Valley Child Advocacy Center is taking part in “Pinwheels for Prevention.”

Kelly Lockhart of TCCS, said the pinwheels are being displayed at the front entrance and along the drive at TCCS as part of a month-long campaign by Prevent Child Abuse Ohio to enhance community awareness about child abuse and neglect and to encourage support for prevention.

“Each pinwheel represents one report of child maltreatment in the county. The pinwheels also represent adults who provide a voice and advocate for children. The pinwheels also represent children who are growing up in safe, loving families,” Lockhart said.

Last week, 1,763 pinwheels were displayed at TCCS, 2282 Reeves Road, and reflect the total number of child maltreatment reports received in Trumbull County in 2012. The display will travel throughout the county every Thursday in April.

Bob Faulkner, a community advocate, and Warren city councilman Bob Dean, were among the local officials and community advocates who shared their comments at the event.

Prevent Child Abuse America’s national signature campaign, “Pinwheels for Prevention,” is based on the belief that while the public understands that child abuse is a serious problem, there is less understanding of what it means to prevent child abuse and neglect and that we all play a role in prevention.

Ways the public can help include volunteering time and talents to organizations that that focus on children, their families and the prevention of child abuse and neglect and also donating to support the efforts.

Lockhart said the community is encouraged to wear blue to work on Wednesday.

Also this past week, Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley placed 925 pinwheels on its Beeghly Campus with each pinwheel representing the children who received abuse services in the Mahoning Valley in 2012.

Annie Sofran of Akron’s Children Hospital, said, “The pinwheels are displayed as a reminder that everyone plays a role in preventing child abuse and neglect.”

Mahoning County Children Services will have guest speaker, Cynthia King, a licensed social worker who works with victims of sexual abuse and their families, speaking at noon today at MCCS. There will also be a presentation by the Boardman High School Jazz Band.

Also planned for April 26, TCCS will host the annual Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month “Rising Up and Moving On” gathering with guest speaker State Senator Nina Turner of the 25th District of the Greater Cleveland Area.

The award winners are individuals who overcame adversity to become all they could be for their families and themselves. Also the “Service to Children” and “Community Partner” awards will be presented to individuals whose efforts serve the children of Trumbull County.