(Joplin, MO) – Children’s Center of Southwest Missouri is partnering with other organizations throughout the Joplin area to promote Child Abuse Prevention Month. Held every April, the national awareness event encourages individuals to help positive childhood experiences take root.
“Each year, in April, we prioritize building awareness in the communities we serve. It is essential to educate adults about their responsibility to proactively protect our kids. We also equip children by teaching body safety and empowering them to use their voices. Awareness is one of the most effective tools to help prevent child abuse,” said Desireè Breidenstein, Community Outreach Coordinator.
Children’s Center and area partners are displaying pinwheel gardens to show their commitment to child abuse and neglect prevention. The blue pinwheel is the national symbol for child abuse prevention, representing the healthy, happy childhood all children deserve, but may not experience.
“While the pinwheel creates a memorable and compelling image, it is the story behind the pinwheel that makes the biggest mark,” said Breidenstein. “Pinwheels plant a seed of hope for a better tomorrow for all children and families. We ask that everyone join us to cultivate the relationships, connections, and places that help every child thrive. Your participation in this month’s activities sends a signal that we are united as advocates working towards a common goal of supporting families and children.”
Events this month include:
- Third Thursday, Sponsored by the Children’s Center, The Alliance, and Rapha International: April 15 from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm, Main Street in downtown Joplin. Visit to support downtown Joplin and child abuse awareness.
- Go Blue Day: Friday April 16. Show your support for child abuse prevention by wearing blue. Use #ccswmoBLUE to share!
- Healthy Kids Day: Saturday, April 24 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, Early Childhood Center at 2825 S. McClelland Boulevard. This event will teach families how to keep kids fit while having fun! There will be giveaways, face painting, and fun activities to keep kids engaged and moving.
Everyone can help create positive experiences that make a big difference in the lives of children and families.
About Children’s Center:
Children’s Center of Southwest Missouri, a not-for-profit organization that has provided victim assistance services for children since 1997. Children’s Center operates nationally accredited advocacy centers in Butler, Nevada, Monett, and Joplin, MO. They serve sexually abused, neglected, or physically abused children. They also provide services to children that have witnessed violent crimes. The centers are available for children ages
birth through 17 and their families. As a child advocacy center (CAC), Children’s Center provides benefits free of charge to child abuse victims, families, and our community.
Desiree Breidenstein, Community Outreach Coordinator
Children’s Center of Southwest Missouri