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Pinwheel Planting Ceremony to be Held on April 4 at Governor's Mansion; Proclamation Signing Ceremony to Follow
Lincoln– April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), the Nebraska Child Abuse Prevention Fund Board (NCAPF), the Nebraska Children and Families Foundation (NCFF), and Bring Up Nebraska Partners encourage all Nebraskans to get in involved in their communities to highlight the need to prevent child abuse.
To kickoff Child Abuse Prevention Month in Nebraska, DHHS along with NCFF and First Lady Susanne Shore is inviting the media to participate in an event to plant blue pinwheels in front of the Governor's mansion. Pinwheel planting will take place in the front grass of the Governor's mansion at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, April 4 and a proclamation signing ceremony will be held at 11 am in the Capitol.
In 2008, Prevent Child Abuse America started using blue pinwheels to signify a vision where all children can grow up in supportive families and communities. Children who grow up with nurturing relationships and supportive communities are more academically successful and more likely to grow up to be productive members of society. Blue pinwheels are a reminder of the role we all play in children's lives.
For families that need preventative services or are looking to get involved in Child Abuse Prevention month, visit BringUpNebraska.org to connect with the community collaborative in your area.
Bring Up Nebraska partners want individuals to understand that small actions can make a big difference in a child and parent's life. Anyone can help families and communities thrive by recognizing and incorporating some of these action items:
To help spread awareness for Child Abuse Prevention Month, Bring Up Nebraska partners will be organizing other events and spreading information about how to spot child abuse on social media.
Other Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month events in Nebraska include:
Lincoln County Child Abuse Prevention Council and Families 1st Partnership
Columbus Area Child Abuse Prevention Council and Community and Family Partnership
Sandhills Community Collaborative with Loup City Sixpence
Dawson County Family Partners
Growing Community Connections
Community Impact Network of Adams, Clay, Nuckolls, Webster
Fremont Family Coalition