Each year, more than three million children are the victims of child abuse. Last year in Hampton Roads alone, over 14,000 calls were made to report child abuse or neglect. As part of Child Abuse Prevention Month this April, The Up Center, Hampton Roads’ oldest and largest non-profit family services agency, is taking part in Prevent Child Abuse Virginia’s Pinwheels for Prevention campaign by planting pinwheel gardens at their Norfolk (222 W. 19 St.) and Portsmouth (1805 Airline Blvd.) offices.
“Pinwheel gardens planted across Hampton Roads serve as powerful visual reminders that we all play a role in ensuring happy and healthy childhoods for children in Hampton Roads,” said Tina Gill, president & CEO of The Up Center.
To further parent education, The Up Center is hosting weekly workshops throughout April on positive discipline strategies, as well as sponsoring information booths at various events throughout the region to get the public involved through fostering or adopting an abused or neglected child.
The Pinwheels for Prevention campaign is part of a national movement to change the way we think about prevention. The campaign focuses on community activities and public policies that prioritize healthy child development right from the start so abuse and neglect never occur in the first place.