Annual Patsy's House pinwheel project brings awareness to child abuse

Lisa Yanick Litwiller- Morning Sun- Representatives from law enforcement and social service agencies from across Isabella County gather in a blue pinwheel garden at the Mt. Pleasant Public Safety Building to mark April as Child Abuse Awareness Month

Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center participates in National Child Abuse Prevention Month

"By putting out the blue bows, we are trying to raise community awareness for that event [Child Abuse Prevention Month] and just celebrate the great work that our staff and program are doing to help families in McLean County", said Piper.

"Pinwheels as a whole, are used across the state of Texas for child abuse awareness", Roberts said.

The first proclamation Harvey asked the commission to sign was one declaring April to be Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month.

The Bill will provide a legal basis for suing institutions in the name of their current office holders for historical child sexual abuse and includes provisions to overcome the difficulties that survivors may face in identifying a proper defendant.

For more information about the prevention of child abuse and neglect, contact the Family Advocacy and Resiliency Programs at 803-895-6091.

A few hours after the pinwheels were planted, the staff reconvened in the Jobs and Family Services lobby along with public officials and community members to present the Child Advocate of the Year award. "Help us be the voice of the children to make sure they are safe", she said. Of those reports, 57 children were removed from their homes. Currently, practices from the Enhanced Resource Guidelines are being applied to 14 court sites nationwide, through the NCJFCJ's Implementation Sites Project, which fulfills the goal of improving the outcomes for children in care. Several teenagers attended the rally, many of them former victims of abuse, insisting they want to be part of the solution.

Most of those, 80 percent, died from neglect and 77 percent of those children were 4 years of age or younger.

The Alveses said they do not know what the abuse accusations entail, but that ACS investigated and cleared them of the allegations.

Experiencing this type of trauma can lead to issues later in life, including cognitive and emotional problems, poor physical health, criminal behavior, alcohol and drug abuse, antisocial behavior and abusive conduct as an adult. In her acceptance speech, she said she thinks it should go to the social workers she works with every day.

From those calls, 407 were in Coconino County.

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