DCF, Woman’s Club of Tallahassee Plant Pinwheel Garden to Raise Awareness of Child Abuse Prevention

Media Advisory:
April 15, 2013

Contact:
Nicole Stookey, Northwest Region Communications Director, (850) 509-2675
Candi Aubin, GFWC Woman’s Club of Tallahassee, (850) 508-3107

DCF, Woman’s Club of Tallahassee Plant Pinwheel Garden
to Raise Awareness of Child Abuse Prevention

TALLAHASSEE— The GFWC Woman’s Club of Tallahassee is partnering with the Department of Children and Families and Prevent Child Abuse America to recognize April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month. The partners will be joined by children in foster care and Florida State University students to plant a pinwheel garden as part of Florida’s Pinwheels for Prevention campaign in front of the Los Robles Gate.

Florida’s Pinwheels for Prevention campaign is part of a national movement to change the way we think about child abuse prevention by focusing on community activities and public policies so abuse and neglect never begins.

Every month, DCF investigates more than 277 reports of child abuse or neglect on average in Leon and surrounding counties, and 12 children must be removed monthly from their homes to ensure their safety. There are 469 children currently receiving services from DCF and our community-based partners.

The GFWC Woman’s Club of Tallahassee will also celebrate “Federation Day.” The project has been generously funded by the GFWC Woman’s Club of Tallahassee, the Los Robles Neighborhood Association, GFWC Junior Woman’s Club of Midtown, GFWC Tallahassee Junior Woman’s Club, GFWC Capital City Woman’s Club, GFWC District 3 Past Directors Club, and North Florida HOBY High O’Brien Youth Leadership.

Media is invited to attend.

WHAT: Child Abuse Prevention Month Event and Pinwheel Garden Planting

WHO: Department of Children and Families; GFWC Woman’s Club of Tallahassee; children in foster care; foster and adoptive parents; Florida State University students; Big Bend Community Based Care; Guardian ad Litem

WHEN: Tuesday, April 16, 5 p.m.

WHERE: Gates of Los Robles, GFWC Woman’s Club of Tallahassee, 1513 Cristobal Dr., Tallahassee

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