Since 1983 the month of April has been set aside as National Child Abuse Prevention Month. The US Department of Health and Human Services website has a wealth of information on how to recognize and prevent child abuse. Please click on one of the banners for more information:
My home state, Utah, ranks 10th in the nation
for confirmed child abuse cases.
I love what they're doing to draw awareness to the issue:
Pinwheels for Prevention
From the website:
"Pinwheels are bright and fun, just like childhood. As a national child symbol for child abuse prevention, the pinwheel represents the positive effect we can all have on Utah’s children and families. Pinwheels for PREVENTION focuses on activities that prioritize prevention to make sure child abuse and neglect never occur."
How are you, your state, or community, involved in child abuse prevention this month?
My grandmother, Esther, once told me her aged and wrinkled hands were the product of a lifetime of hard work and innocence. With a smile on her face and a song in her heart, she chose to find joy in each moment.