(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 people to help positive childhood experiences take root.
“Each year, in April, we shine a light on building awareness in the communities we serve. It is essential to educate adults about their responsibility to protect our kids proactively. 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 preventing child abuse and neglect. 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 toward a common goal of supporting families and children.”
- GO BLUE Day: On Friday, April 14, everyone can show their support for child abuse prevention by wearing blue. Use #ccswmoBLUE to share!
- Third Thursday: Join us on April 20 at Third Thursday, sponsored by Children’s Center, from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Visit to support downtown Joplin, our community partners, and child abuse awareness.
- Rewind Documentary Screening: On Friday, April 21, join Children’s Center and the MSSU Social Work Department for the Rewind documentary screening and commentary at the MSSU Mills Anderson Justice Center.
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 is a not-for-profit organization providing a safe, child-focused setting for investigating and treating child abuse in Southwest Missouri.