To highlight Child Abuse Prevention Month in April, a Pinwheels for Prevention program will be held on Thursday, April 4 at 4:30 pm at the Boys and Girls Club of the Fox Valley Region, according to a press release.
At the event, children from the Boys and Girls Club will plant pinwheels to serve as a physical reminder of the great childhoods we want for all children. Speakers at the event will include:
- Pastor Larry Creamer, Chair, Outagamie County Citizen Review Panel
- Thomas Nelson, Outagamie County Executive
- Greg Lemke-Rochon, Chief Executive Officer, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Fox Valley and Lori Hewitt
- Michelle Brown, Outagamie County Social Workers from the Community Connections Program.
This event is sponsored by the Outagamie County Citizen Review Panels (CRP). CRP’s are groups of citizen-volunteers who are federally mandated to conduct an evaluation of their state’s child protective services. The Outagamie County Citizen Review Panel provides opportunities for community members to play an integral role in ensuring that the child protection system is protecting children from abuse and neglect and helping find permanent, safe and stable homes for children when necessary. The citizen review panel represents points of view of the community and consumers, working in partnership with citizens, community agencies, and county child protective services.
The Boys and Girls Club of the Fox Valley Region also encourages the community to wear blue on Friday, April 5, help promote Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month.
“We believe that every child deserves to grow up in a safe, stable and nurturing environment,” the Boys and Girls Club said in a statement. “Children are the foundation of our society, our community and our future. When we focus on preventing child abuse and neglect, the results are better childhoods, leading to healthier adults and stronger communities.”