Pinwheels to be planted for child abuse prevention awareness

PARIS, Ky. (WTVQ) – April is national child abuse prevention month, and CASA of Lexington along with Wesley’s Place, are joining groups across the country, using the pinwheel – chosen to represent hope and promise – to raise awareness about child abuse and neglect prevention.

After a press conference scheduled to be held April 3rd, people driving past the Bourbon County Courthouse, Paris City Building, Bourbon County Hospital or Wesley’s Place will see 133 pinwheels on the lawn in each location during the month of April.

“We wanted to come together as a unified group to show our commitment to children and are hopeful the sheer number of pinwheels, each representing an actual child in our community with a substantiated case of child abuse or neglect, will serve as a call to action,” said Melynda Jamison, Executive Director of CASA of Lexington.

CASA says child abuse is a real issue for the state of Kentucky.  According to the Administrative Office of the Courts, last year there were 133 children with substantiated cases of abuse and neglect in Bourbon County.

The organizations hope that, through awareness. people will be motivated to do something to work towards prevention, and ultimately lower the number of children with cases in the community.  CASA of Lexington is currently recruiting for volunteers to serve as advocates and provide a voice for child abuse and neglect victims in the family court system in Bourbon County.

“As a founding board member of Wesley’s Place, I couldn’t think of a better partnership than with CASA to raise awareness about child abuse prevention.  At Wesley’s Place we talk about When Dreams Matter and having CASA in Bourbon County to provide a voice for these children is a dream of mine that is now here and the work of CASA definitely matters,” said Tim Gray, Board Member of Wesley’s Place.

To learn more or to find out how to volunteer with CASA of Lexington visit the website at: www.lexingtoncasa.com.

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