Because Childhood Lasts a Lifetime.

Planting the Seeds to Prevent Child Abuse


Spring has started to announce its presence, and for much of the country, that means milder temperatures, longer days, and the promise of a garden full of beautiful flowers and nourishing food. Spring, the embodiment of hope, also brings an opportunity to cultivate a different kind of garden—Pinwheels for Prevention🄬.

Child abuse and neglect are significant public health issues in the U.S. Multiple studies have shown that Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) can impact children’s health and well-being well into adulthood. Child abuse or neglect affected at least one in seven children in the US in the past year. Neglect is the most prevalent form of child abuse, meaning a child’s basic physical and emotional needs, such as housing, food, clothing, education, and medical care access, are not met.

Pinwheels for Prevention is a visible reminder that April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and that everyone can work together to ensure that all children are protected from abuse. The 2021 theme—“Growing a Better Tomorrow for All Children!”—makes excellent use of the garden metaphor to emphasize the focus.

How “Planting” Pinwheels Helps Protect Children from Abuse

The simple answer is that participating in Pinwheels for Prevention, whether you plant a pinwheel in our dynamic virtual garden or one in your yard, offers an easy and quick way to show your support and raise money for the work to prevent child abuse. 

The pinwheel, which represents a joyful and carefree childhood, was chosen when it launched in 2008. Its symbolic messages declare an intent to provide support and resources to ensure that all children are protected from abuse. 

A pinwheel garden is a visible reminder to keep the prevention of child abuse at the forefront of people’s minds. Visible cues are a powerful way to engage people and elicit emotion. One study found that 65 percent of the population are visual learners, which means that images and symbols capture their attention more efficiently than words. 

How to Participate

Join the Virtual PINWHEEL GARDEN. Show your support for growing a better tomorrow for all children, together.

Children, adults, and organizations can all participate in Pinwheels for Prevention. Purchase branded pinwheels in bulk to create a sea of color in your yard or lapel pins to let everyone know of your participation. Use your device to donate and “plant” pinwheels in our virtual garden. Children can create a masterpiece with our Pinwheel Coloring Sheet or try their hand at making a pinwheel.

“Planting” Pinwheels is the First Step

Of course, it’s not enough to just “plant” pinwheels. Change begins with awareness. Think of it as the first stage of transformation. A person can’t engage with an issue if they have no awareness of it. To move the proverbial needle to action, to drive social change requires first ensuring that as many people as possible are aware of the need. Prevent Child Abuse also offers various options for people to learn more and get involved in actionable and achievable efforts.

There are Many Ways to Help 

Over the past year, we’ve all become familiar with the rallying cry, “We’re all in this together!” Its intent, to work together to combat the pandemic, is also applicable to the effort to prevent child abuse. We all play a role in children’s lives, and working together toward creating a safe and supportive environment for children is a shared responsibility.

There are so many ways you can help. Get involved with your state chapter, make a donation (and don’t forget to ask your employer if they will match your gift), or participate in a fundraiser; your donation will help prevent child abuse and neglect. Even simply sharing the message with friends, family, and associates can help. 



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