LACASA offering child abuse prevention activities in April

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This April, LACASA Center’s Child Abuse Prevention (CAP) Council hopes to reach all members of the Livingston County community with its message about how everyone who lives and works here can be a part of the movement to stand up for children and prevent child abuse and neglect.

The CAP Council will host its annual “Plant a Pinwheel Celebration” event Wednesday, April 8, 2020, to launch CAP Month in Livingston County. Members of the community are invited to help plant a pinwheel garden after this ceremony that will begin at noon at the Howell Carnegie Library, 314 W. Grand River Ave., in downtown Howell.

“All of April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month,” said CAP Council Coordinator Holly Naylor. “We recognize this month by planting pinwheels throughout the county. The pinwheel is a happy, carefree symbol that reminds us that all children deserve a great childhood. Last year we planted over 100 community pinwheel gardens in Livingston County. Our goal is to have more gardens every year so that we can inspire more conversations about how we can work together to keep children safe in our community.”

The Plant a Pinwheel Celebration will feature a children’s choir from Voyager Elementary School in Howell. Slated speakers include LACASA President & CEO Bobette Schrandt, and Jennifer Tate, executive director of the Department of Health and Human Services Livingston County.

This year’s event will again include the presentation of the annual Champion for Children award. The award recognizes someone who goes above and beyond to make Livingston County a safe and wonderful place for children to grow and thanks them for their dedication to local kids. The CAP Council is asking for members of the community to submit nominations for the Champion for Children award by March 20.

There are ways to recognize CAP Month beyond attending the Plant a Pinwheel Celebration. LACASA’s CAP Council is offering a “Home Pinwheel Garden Kit” and a “Pinwheel Bouquet” for the suggested donations of $20 and $5, respectively. CAP hopes that the home kits will expand the campaign into local neighborhoods and will also raise funds to expand abuse and neglect prevention efforts in Livingston County.

Naylor also invites community members to join the CAP Council in Lansing on April 21, 2020, for Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Day. “People from around the state will gather on the Capital steps to show our support for children and families,” she said. “It is a powerful thing to see so many people willing to come together in order to protect our kids.”

“The CAP Council is always willing to bring information about abuse and neglect prevention to any group or location,” said Naylor. “Not just in April, but throughout the year. Prevention is a year-’round effort. Reach out and let us know how we can partner with you and your organization or business to help educate or support your own prevention efforts.”

For questions about any CAP Month events in April, to nominate someone for the Champion for Children award, to schedule a prevention presentation, or to request a 2020 Home Pinwheel Garden Kit or Pinwheel Bouquet, please contact the CAP Council at capcouncil@lacasacenter.org or call 517-548-1350.


GET INVOLVED

LACASA’s CAP Council encourages local residents to get involved in efforts to ensure the safety and well-being of Livingston County Children. The following tips from PCA’s “Pinwheels for Prevention” campaign are easy for everyone to implement:

• Be a friend to a parent you know. Ask how their children are doing. Draw on your own experiences to provide reassurance and support. If a parent seems to be struggling, offer to babysit or run errands, or just lend a friendly ear. Show you understand.

• Be a friend to a child you know. Remember their names. Smile when you talk with them. Ask them about their day at school. Send them a card in the mail. Show you care.

• Talk to your neighbors about looking out for one another’s children. Encourage a supportive spirit among parents in your apartment building or on your block. Show that you are involved.

• Give your used clothing, furniture and toys for use by another family. This can help relieve the stress of financial burdens that parents sometimes take out on their kids.

• Volunteer your time and money for programs in your community that support children and families.


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