Every year there are more than 3 million reports made of child abuse in the U.S., and many cases never get reported.
April is all about awareness as well as raising money to give people the tools they need to be great parents.
Elkhart County’s Child and Parent Services organization (CAPS) will set out pinwheels this month. They are the national symbol of child abuse, representing not the negative, but the good in a child’s life.
“What we’re trying to send is a message of hope,” Elkhart County CAPS CEO Candy Yoder says. “We have hope for every baby that has been born in our community. That is that they have a life free from maltreatment, that they have a life full of hope, safety and happiness.”
They have 2700 pinwheels outside their Elkhart County location, representing the babies born that year.
Friday, April 26th is Wear Blue for Kids Day, when people are asked to wear blue to help raise awareness about child abuse. CAPS also hosts a “lifesaver” event at the end of the month, exchanging candy LifeSavers for donations. All of the information is available on the CAPS Facebook page.
CAPS aims to link parents and kids with information to help prevent child abuse before it happens.