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Waukesha County to Plant a Pinwheel Garden Saturday to Help Provide Awareness and Prevention of Child Abuse


Waukesha County and Guardians of the Children will team up Saturday, March 30 to plant 95 pinwheels to bring attention to Child Abuse Awareness Month. Each pinwheel planted will represent a confirmed case of child abuse or neglect in Waukesha County in 2018. The pinwheels will be on display throughout the month of April outside of the Waukesha County Human Services Center (514 Riverview Ave., Waukesha, WI).

“We can make a positive impact on the future by preventing child abuse and neglect today,” said Waukesha County Director of Health and Human Services Antwayne Robertson. “A significant way to increase that impact is by involving the public in our work, and that’s why we will create this visual representation indicating that even one pinwheel is too many.”

Saturday’s event in Waukesha County is part of the nationwide Pinwheels for Prevention® campaign that has seen more than 4 million pinwheels distributed nationwide since 2008. Pinwheels are the national symbol of child abuse prevention and a visible reminder of the happy and healthy childhood that all children deserve. Each year, advocates and volunteers plant pinwheel-gardens in recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month, a national month dedicated to recognizing the ways that people can get involved in the healthy development of children.

About the Guardians of the Children

The mission of Guardians of the Children (GOC) is to recognize and react to child abuse and educate the public to do the same; to serve as advocates to provide strength and stability to families in crisis; and be an answer to the prayer of an abused child or teen for courage, support and protection. More information is available at www.guardiansofthechildren.com.

About the Waukesha County Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

HHS provides, purchases, and coordinates a wide range of high quality prevention, intervention, and protective services in response to public need and mandates. We are committed to making the best use of resources to promote health, self-sufficiency, and an improved quality of life.

For more information: https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/preventing/preventionmonth/, OR www.waukeshacounty.gov/HHS, OR follow us on Twitter at @WaukeshaCoHHS.