VALPARAISO | At 6:30 p.m. April 8 communities across the state will gather simultaneously for pinwheel ceremonies marking the need to prevent child abuse in Indiana.
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and in Porter County a ceremony will take place at the Porter County Department of Child Services Office at 19 E. Lincolnway.
A special pinwheels for prevention garden will be planted across the street from the Porter County DCS office.
At 6:30 p.m., a short ceremony will highlight the importance of child abuse prevention efforts in Porter County. Representatives from Prevent Child Abuse, DCS, and The Child Protection Team will make short remarks.
Statewide, DCS is working with local Prevent Child Abuse Indiana councils, court-appointed special advocates as well as other child advocacy groups and local officials, to unite families, neighbors, professionals and policy-makers in the concerted effort to identify and address the issues that lead to abuse or neglect.
“This is about unity and solidarity in making children a priority,” said Lou Richey, Porter County's local office director.
By the time children come into the DCS system, they’re already victims of abuse or neglect, said Richey.
Gov. Mike Pence proclaimed April as Prevent Child Abuse Awareness Month in Indiana.