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April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

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The Up Center brings awareness with parent classes and pinwheel gardens.

Each year thousands of Virginia children suffer abuse or neglect. Last year there were more than 50,000 reports of child abuse and/or neglect. More than 10,000 were reported right here in Hampton Roads.

This April, The Up Center, the region’s oldest and largest family services agency, is partnering with the Virginia Coalition for Child Abuse Prevention, the Virginia Department of Social Services, and Prevent Child Abuse Virginia to raise awareness about the role everyone can play in protecting children and strengthening families. Together, they will participate in Pinwheels for Prevention, part of a national movement that focuses on community activities and public policies that prioritize healthy child development from the start so that abuse and neglect never even begin.

Pinwheel “gardens’ will be planted at three of the agency’s locations, 222 W. 19th Street and 1011 W. 25th Street in Norfolk, and 1805 Airline Boulevard in Portsmouth. The blue and silver pinwheels are a symbol for child abuse prevention that reflects childhood hope, health and happiness.

“The pinwheel gardens remind us we all have a role to play in the health and protection of children,” says Andrea Long, Vice President of Counseling Services at The Up Center, “Learning positive parenting skills is an important step to ensure that children feel safe and loved.”

The Up Center offers a range of parent education and support services that help parents develop skills to raise a healthy, happy child. In April, the following parenting workshops will take place in Norfolk. Classes are free and open to the public. Additional details can be found here.

· Words of Praise and Positive Talk
Thursday, April 2, 2:30-3:30 p.m., Up Center Books (1011 W. 25th Street)

· Catching Kids Being Good
Wednesday, April 7, 9:00-11:00 a.m., Up Center Books (1011 W. 25th Street)
Thursday, April 8, 11:00-1:00, Norfolk YWCA (5215 Colley Avenue)

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