April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. The Prince William County Department of Social Services is participating in a Pinwheels for Prevention campaign and sharing the message that all children should be raised in healthy nurturing homes, free from abuse and neglect. The blue pinwheel is the national symbol of prevention because it represents the great childhoods all children deserve.
All parents want to provide and nurture their child in a positive, healthy environment, but sometimes they need a little extra help along the way. There are community resources and programs available to parents and caregivers that offer a supportive foundation for children and help strengthen families, like parent education, mental health services, affordable childcare and substance use disorder treatment. The past year has been tough for many families, and this is a perfect time for people to consider what they can do to get involved in child abuse prevention. Individuals can plant a pinwheel garden to raise awareness, share resources with families who need them, volunteer their time, or mentor a parent or child in their family or community.
Show support for preventing child abuse by wearing blue, the official color of prevention, on April 13. Visit https://www.pwcgov.org/government/dept/socialservices
for more information about programs and benefits, and follow the County's social media platforms for information on upcoming events, as well as tips on how to make a difference in the community.
If you suspect child abuse or neglect, call the PWC Protective Services Hotline at 703-792-4200 or the 24-hour Virginia Child Abuse Hotline at 800-552-7096.