April is a time for action on behalf of children and families according to leaders of the Child Abuse Prevention Council of Shiawassee County. This year, the Child Abuse Prevention Council is participating in Wear Blue Day and is building a pinwheel garden in support of all children in Michigan and the great childhoods they deserve. But they’re not content just building awareness. In 2017, Prevent Child Abuse Michigan wants everyone to get involved.

“We know that everyone agrees that child abuse is a problem that needs to be solved, but not everyone knows that they can play an active role in preventing it in the first place,” said Ellen Lynch, Executive Director of the Child Abuse Prevention Council. “This year we’re encouraging others to join us on Wear Blue Day and learn what the pinwheel represents in our pinwheel garden and then to commit to take action on behalf of children and families in Shiawassee County.”

According to Prevent Child Abuse Michigan, there are many different ways that people can get involved in child abuse prevention. Some suggestions for 2017 include committing to mentor a child or parent, advocate for family-friendly policies, or donate to child-serving organizations. Each of these actions can increase the protective factors in a community, says Lynch.

“We know that certain strategies work. For example, we know that family support programs can improve family self-sufficiency, setting children and parents up for future success. We also know that the more stable, caring adults in a child’s life, the more likely they are to succeed in the face of adversity,” said Ms. Lynch “So advocating for policies like the Child Abuse Prevention Treatment Act or signing up to coach an after-school sports or academic team might not seem related, but is actually prevention in action.”

The organization encourages the community to join them at the Corunna Court House, 208 N Shiawassee St., in Corunna on Tuesday, April 18 at 9:45 a.m. to help place a pinwheel in the Pinwheel Garden of Shiawassee County.

For more information on child abuse prevention or to learn more about what you can do to help, call the Child Abuse Prevention Council at (989) 723-5877.

Child Abuse Prevention Month for Shiawassee County was last modified: April 17th, 2017 by Karen Elford