Child Abuse Prevention Month
Hoping to fight the problem, and build public awareness, the Child Abuse Council of the Quad Cities is once again participating in National Child Abuse Prevention Month, in April.
Spokeswoman Lindsey Hornbaker says the council was founded in 1977, and its goal is to eliminate child abuse and neglect in this area, focusing on education, treatment, and prevention.
Hornbaker says one of the council's treatment programs is called "Safe from the Start."
To help remind people about the problem, the Child Abuse Council will dedicate five "pinwheel gardens" this month - she says they symbolize "healthy, happy, and full childhoods."
The first was dedicated this afternoon at Saint Ambrose University in Davenport. Then later this month, one will be set up on Arsenal Island, and three at Skip-a-Long Child Development Centers in the Quad Cities.
The council's major annual fundraiser, "A Lifesaver Celebration," will be held April 23rd at the I Wireless Center in Moline.