Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) April 16, 2013
Encouraging Georgians to take action in support of child abuse prevention and healthy child development, First Lady Sandra Deal today joined Prevent Child Abuse Georgia in planting a pinwheel garden at Georgia State University, where the state’s chapter of Prevent Child Abuse America is housed within the Center for Healthy Development at Georgia State’s Institute of Public Health.
On March 25, Governor Nathan Deal presented a proclamation to First Lady Sandra Deal declaring April as “Child Abuse Prevention Awareness” month in Georgia. Today’s pinwheel garden planting and dedication marks the state-level implementation of the national Pinwheels for Prevention® campaign, introducing the pinwheel as the new symbol for child abuse prevention. Since April 2008, more than three million pinwheels have been distributed nationwide.
With national statistics continually showing that 90% of Americans are aware that child abuse and neglect is a serious problem, the pinwheels will call Georgians to action by helping to raise awareness about the need for healthy child development.
“We all have a role to play when it comes to ensuring the healthy development, and prevention of the abuse and neglect of, our state’s children,” said First Lady Sandra Deal, who was joined by members of the Georgia’s Children’s Cabinet, as well as state, local, and university officials, including Georgia State’s First Lady, Laura Voisinet. “We ask all of you to join us. The health and future of Georgia, and our nation, depends on it.”
“Child abuse is preventable,” added Carol Neal Rossi, director of Prevent Child Abuse Georgia. “From neighbors to coaches to clergy to the business and law enforcement communities, we call upon all to prioritize the well-being of our state’s children and look in the mirror for the roles they can play, big or small.”
During Child Abuse Prevention Month, PCA Georgia will continue to raise awareness about child maltreatment, as it implements programs with support from the Governor’s Office of Children and Families and other donors. For instance, last week the organization announced that it will reestablish the 1-800-CHILDREN helpline with a two-year $165,000 challenge grant from the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation.
“With Child Abuse Prevention Month upon us, we all have a chance to ask ourselves how we can change the norms of silence and shame that undermine our ability to support healthy development for all children and their families,” noted James M. Hmurovich, president and CEO of Prevent Child Abuse America. “Together, we can prevent child abuse and neglect from ever occurring in the first place.”
About The Governor’s Office for Children and Families
The Governor’s Office for Children and Families (GOCF) empowers Georgia communities to achieve improved and sustainable outcomes by working in a systems-of-care framework to ensure that all children and families are educated, healthy, safe, and growing. Learn more at https://children.georgia.gov.
About Prevent Child Abuse America Georgia
Prevent Child Abuse Georgia, a provisional chapter of Prevent Child Abuse America, is housed in the Center for Healthy Development at Georgia State University’s Institute of Public Health. It is supported in part by the Governor’s Office for Children and Families through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Community Based Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CFDA 93.590). Recognizing that child development is a building block for community and economic development, Prevent Child Abuse Georgia works to ensure the healthy development of children across the state. Learn more at http://www.preventchildabusega.org.
About Prevent Child Abuse America
Prevent Child Abuse America, founded in 1972 in Chicago, works to ensure the healthy development of children nationwide. The organization promotes that vision through a network of chapters in 50 states and 539 Healthy Families America home visitation sites in 41 states, the Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and Canada. It is the only organization in the United States whose sole mission is “to prevent the abuse and neglect of our nation’s children.” To learn more about what Prevent Child Abuse America is doing to prevent child abuse and neglect and how you can help, please visit: http://www.preventchildabuse.org and http://www.healthyfamiliesamerica.org.