April is Child Abuse Prevention Month
The Bonnie Finney Story
The blue ribbon has been widely recognized as a national symbol of child abuse awareness. The movement began in the spring of 1989, when a concerned grandmother, Bonnie Finney of Norfolk, Virgina took a stand against child abuse after experiencing the death of her grandson. She tied a symbolic blue ribbon to her van as a signal for the community of her personal commitment to involve everyone in the battle to stop child abuse.
Bonnie’s grandson, Michael Wayne Dickenson, was a young victim and his tragic death gave her the strength to encourage others to help in the fight against child abuse and neglect. The spirit of the blue ribbon grew and it inspired a community based effort to join forces in this tragic battle. Wearing a blue ribbon pin or wristband during the month of April acknowledges that many children are victims of abuse and neglect and that prevention is the key to reducing violence in these families.
Pinwheels for Prevention
The Pinwheels for Prevention campaign was originally created in Georgia and has been successful there for many years.”Pinwheels for Prevention” is a month long campaign, designed to enhance community awareness about child abuse and neglect, and encourage support for prevention.
The Children Services Division provides Mandatory Reporter Training and other training for various groups such as educators, day care centers, and mental health agencies. If you are interested in receiving educational services regarding child abuse and neglect reporting and recognition, please contact Alison Tomaselli 440-350-4291.