DCF Recognizes National Child Abuse Prevention Month

For Immediate Release: April 1, 2015

DCF Recognizes National Child Abuse Prevention Month

TALLAHASSEE – The Department of Children and Families (DCF) is collaborating with community partners in recognition of National Child Abuse Prevention Month to ensure Florida’s children are safe, healthy and thriving. Statewide events and campaigns will serve to educate and engage Florida’s families and communities, advocating for the improvement of prevention and recovery efforts in order to protect the lives of vulnerable children.

“Child Abuse Prevention Month serves as a reminder that we must all advocate for the protection of children, providing support and opportunities for success,” Secretary Mike Carroll said. “In order for our mission to be accomplished, it is critical that we work together at a community level to strengthen Florida’s families and end the cycle of abuse and neglect.”

Florida’s Pinwheels for Prevention campaign will also be recognized statewide, emphasizing the importance of healthy child development and positive parenting practices. The blue and silver pinwheels, which symbolize the happiness of childhood and vast opportunities for bright futures, will be displayed at local businesses, public offices and schools across the state.

The Children’s Board of Hillsborough County will kick off the month tonight with an environmentally friendly balloon release at the Glazer Children’s Museum in Tampa, where Secretary Carroll will speak about the important role community plays in helping prevent child abuse. The audience will include community leaders, foster children, and families receiving support from DCF partners. The release of balloons will visually represent the verified reports of abuse in Hillsborough County during 2014.

Follow #PinwheelsforPrevention on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to see photos of child abuse prevention events and pinwheel gardens from around the state.

For more information on events happening throughout the Florida visit: www.ounce.org/capevents.html

If you suspect that a child is being abused or neglected, report online www.floridaabusehotline.com or call (800) 962-2873.

Contact: Michelle Glady, DCF Press Secretary, (850) 717-4450