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Help Plant Hope in April for Child Abuse Prevention Month

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A pinwheel is full of hope? Hand a pinwheel to a child and she instinctively blows to make it spin. A symbol of hope, pinwheels twirling in the breeze delight the senses and demand your attention.

Blue pinwheels have become the symbol of National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Ralston House child advocacy center is busy “planting” gardens of thousands of sparking blue pinwheels in April to capture your attention and PLANT HOPE for children throughout Jefferson County.

Every child deserves to be safe and have hope for the future. A child who has experienced abuse may feel alone. Gardens of glittery pinwheels tell these children, “people all over the community care about you.” Ralston House wants you to know there is hope for children who have been abused and not only that, there are ways you can help prevent child abuse.

Ralston House works with police departments, social services and district attorney’s office to provide forensic interviews, sexual assault medical exams, comforting support and resources to children and their families who have been victims of crime. Ralston House also provides free child abuse prevention talks to parents, groups of adults and youth-serving organizations to help keep children safer.

Just a few prevention tips:

“I’m a really good parent, but sometimes my kids drive me crazy!” 

  • Ask for help if you need a break.
  • If you can’t walk away at the moment, change the activity you are doing with your child.
  • Go to a different room.
  • Take your child outside for a walk.
  • If you feel you may lose your temper and hurt your child, make sure your child is safe, then go into another room where you can cool off.

You see abuse in a public place.

  • Start a conversation with the with the adult to direct attention away from the child. “She seems to be trying your patience.” or “My child sometimes gets upset like that, too.”
  • Divert the child’s attention (if misbehaving) by talking to the child, “That’s a great t-shirt. Are you a Rockies fan?”
  • Negative remarks or looks could make the situation worse.
  • If the child is in immediate danger, call the police.

Support community resources that advocate for children.

Ralston House provides services that help kids begin the healing process. You can help by planting your own pinwheel garden! Visit www.ralstonhouse.net or call Ashley Irlando at Ralston House (303-961-4495) to find out how you can plant a garden of hope at your church, your business or your home, or to schedule a free child abuse prevention training. Help Ralston House plant hope in April.

 

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Comments
  • comment avatar Amber Johnson April 1, 2013

    Great tips. I’ve only had a few circumstances when I’ve seen questionable behavior in public and later regretted I didn’t intervene.

  • comment avatar Lisa - Laughing Yoga Mama April 9, 2013

    Thank you so much for your tips. It is critical for people to feel they have options. Support, for yourself and others, is always a more productive choice.

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