April was child abuse awareness month! The pinwheel is the national symbol for child abuse prevention. One of our biggest jobs here at the Advocacy Center is not only to raise awareness for child abuse, but to teach communities signs and symptoms of child abuse so that they know exactly what to look for. Since COVID-19 has caused daycares and schools to shut down, hotline calls have dropped by more than 50%!! We know that child abuse is happening, it’s just not getting reported. Scary right? If you suspect a child is being abused, please call the Missouri Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline number at 1-800-392-3738. If you have any questions about child abuse feel free to call us at 660-359-2874. #Essential4Kids
Photo: Child & Family Advocate Ashlay Berry provided awareness by putting pinwheels in the 5 points park here in Trenton, MO. Thank you Ashlay!