February 25, 2020

Heard County DFCS recognizes Child Abuse Prevention Month

(Franklin, GA) — Heard County Family and Children Services will be at Veteran’s Memorial Park on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. to recognize Child Abuse Prevention Month by planting a “Pinwheel Garden.”

Pinwheels are visual reminders that we all play a role in ensuring happy and healthy childhoods for all children everywhere.

“We know that we can make a positive impact on the future by preventing child abuse and neglect,” said Charlene Harrod, Director at Heard DFCS.

Heard DFCS encourages the public to learn more about three specific actions — mentoring children and parents, advocating for family-friendly policies, and donating time and money related to child abuse prevention while giving the public the tools they need to get involved in these activities.

Some suggestions from Prevent Child Abuse America for how people can get involved include:

  • Volunteering to staff an after-school program like a sports or academic team

  • Mentoring a new parent by reaching out to your neighbor and offering to help with babysitting or homework

  • Learning about abuse-prevention curricula at local schools or churches and advocating to create one if there is not yet a program in use

  • Donating time to organizations that support children, such as by offering to be a free tutor or getting involved with a local mentorship program

“Our county staff is active every day in teaching parents, connecting them with assistance, and offering advice,” adds Harrod. “Our job is a big one, but it would be impossibly huge without the backing of our community.”

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