Many ways to help prevent child abuse

April is Prevent Child Abuse Month. To bring awareness to child abuse prevention, Prevent Child Abuse Chapters around the nation mobilize a Pinwheels for Prevention Campaign.

CASA of Fulton and Montgomery Counties advocates for children who have been adjudicated neglected or abused. It is sad for these children, and even sadder is the fact it could have been prevented.

There are many reasons child abuse can happen. Unrealistic expectations of parenthood, differences between what we want and what we have, strained relationships, too much to do and too little time, financial problems, drug and alcohol abuse, and a history of being abused as a child are examples of problems that can cause parents to take out anger and frustration on their children.

You can help prevent child abuse. Here are some actions you can take: Be a good example; be a friend to a parent; reach out to neighbors or relative with children; praise and encourage the children you know; take action and don’t wait for someone else to; organize safety systems for your neighborhood; volunteer; set up an after-school program at a retirement home; and learn more about child abuse and child abuse prevention.

People also can join us at the St. Mary’s Amsterdam Memorial campus on April 19 from 4 to 6 p.m. and plant a pinwheel garden. Besides planting a pinwheel, each child will receive a pinwheel to take home. There also are events by the Hagaman Fire Department, state police and Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, and the Amsterdam Police Department Explorers will be there to help with the pinwheel planting.

St. Mary’s Hospital will provide cookies and juice.

Pinwheels are the symbol of a happy, carefree childhood. All children deserve a healthy, happy and safe childhood.

If you have questions or need further information, please contact Linda Burns, director of CASA, at 842-3762, Ext. 2207, or



CASA of Fulton and Montgomery Counties