October 22, 2020

Pinwheel Garden recognizes Child Abuse Prevention Month

Pictured above (L-R) Danica Red HC DFCS Staff, Lauren Marshall HC DFCS Staff, Tracey Martin Carroll County Child Advocacy Center, Sarah Japour HC Assistant District Attorney, Dan Boswell HC Sheriff Department, Fred Harcrow HC DFCS Board Member, Lee Boone Heard Commission Chairman, Quinisha Wilder, Charlene Harrod HC DFCS County Director, Carolyn Lane HC DFCS Board Member, Debbie Rogers HC DFCS Board Member, and Simona Botezatu HC DFCS Staff (Photo: Debbie O’Neal/Times~Journal)

(Franklin/Times~Journal) — This year we celebrated the 35th Anniversary of our national awareness month as April was first designated as Child Abuse Prevention Month by President Ronald Reagan in 1983.

It’s the time of the year again we recommit to giving every child a chance to succeed and to ensuring that every child grows up in a safe, stable, and nurturing environment that is free from abuse and neglect.

Heard County Family and Children Services along with county leaders gathered 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.”

Each was given a pinwheel to plant recognizing their commitment to protecting children and strengthening families.

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

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