Heartland for Children, the lead Community Based Care agency responsible for the redesign of the foster care system in Polk, Hardee and Highlands counties has worked in partnership with other community agencies in our circuit to support the National Child Abuse Prevention Month campaign, Pinwheels for Prevention, each April since 2003. It is a time when communities come together to raise awareness of child abuse prevention and show support for programs and activities that help our children and parents succeed. You may even notice pinwheel gardens sprouting up around town throughout the month!
Our children are our future parents, employees, leaders; and the future success of every community relies on their healthy growth and development. When children are raised in stimulating, nurturing, loving environments, they thrive and become successful, contributing members of our communities.
Research tells us that childhood trauma has long-term negative impacts for children and society as a whole. The rising cost of health care and mental health services, substance abuse, domestic violence, and juvenile delinquency rates affects us all and has a negative impact on our local communities. However, programs that support and build up parents, giving them knowledge to equip them to provide their children with positive, nurturing environments have been shown to reverse the negative impacts of past trauma.
We invite everyone to join us in celebrating CAP Month by visiting www.heartlandforchildren.org/pinwheels-for-prevention.
Follow HFC on social media for updates on local CAP Month efforts, and search #CAPMonth to follow the global movement.
Chief Executive Officer
Heartland for Children