VIDEO: April is National Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month

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Members of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ), judges from Washoe County’s Second Judicial District Court, community leaders, representatives from Washoe CASA Foundation, and the Reno Aces gathered April 6, 2018 at Greater Nevada Field to commemorate National Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month.

In 1983, April was declared National Child Abuse Prevention Month by a Presidential proclamation. It is an opportunity to highlight a system of care for those children victimized and traumatized by abuse. It is an opportunity to pause from daily routines and acknowledge participants in the child welfare system who are committed to promoting the social development and well-being of children and families.

Today, more than 900 abused and neglected children live in foster care in Washoe County because they cannot live safely at home. Each year more than 400,000 abused and neglected children experience foster care in the United States.

In 2008, Prevent Child Abuse America introduced the pinwheel as the new national symbol for child abuse prevention through Pinwheels for Prevention®. The pinwheel connotes whimsy and childlike notions.

In essence, it has come to serve as the physical embodiment, or reminder, of the great childhoods we want for all children. The pinwheel garden at Greater Nevada Field consisted of 365 pinwheels, one for every day of the year.

To learn more about the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, visit ncjfcj.org.

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