(Joplin, MO) – Since 1983, when April was designated Child Abuse Prevention Month, communities across the country have used this month-long observance to increase awareness of child abuse and prevention. It is a time when individuals, schools, businesses, hospitals, religious organizations, and social service agencies join together to raise awareness of child abuse and neglect prevention.
During Prevention Month, the Children’s Center of Southwest Missouri will use social media and local business partners to shine a spotlight on prevention to create and increase child abuse prevention awareness in our community. Awareness is one of our tools to help prevent child abuse.
How can you join the cause? We have a few options to consider:
- You can host a curbside pinwheel garden at your business or request an interior bouquetto display in your place of business. Blue pinwheels reflect the happy, healthy childhood and bright future all children deserve. Throughout the first week of April, we will plant your pinwheels if you choose an exterior garden (including a yard sign and pinwheels), or we will deliver an interior countertop bouquet.
- You can participate in GO BLUE day on Friday, April 14, by encouraging employees to wear blue. Make it fun, have a food day, or get creative to make it unique for your company. Our 2023 Child Abuse Prevention t-shirts are also available here for all who want to show their support on GO BLUE day and throughout the year.
- Display our QR code window cling on your business window. The QR code takes visitors here for information about Children’s Center, April events, and how to learn how to prevent abuse and create awareness.
For more information about Children’s Center events during Prevention Month, click here.
Desiree Breidenstein, Community Outreach Coordinator
Children’s Center of Southwest Missouri