Saturday, 14 April 2018 10:53

Child Advocacy Center and Community Partners Plant Pinwheels for Prevention

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Above from left are Administrative Assistant Shirley Kimber; Program  Manager for Healthy Families of Oswego Co. Public Health Chantel Eckert; Mental  Health Counselor Melanie Proper; CAC Executive Director Karrie Damm; Office  Manager Nicole Croshier; SUNY Oswego Intern Derek Dalleo; Outreach & Prevention  Advocate Jessica Westberry; and Family Advocate Rachel Muntz. Above from left are Administrative Assistant Shirley Kimber; Program Manager for Healthy Families of Oswego Co. Public Health Chantel Eckert; Mental Health Counselor Melanie Proper; CAC Executive Director Karrie Damm; Office Manager Nicole Croshier; SUNY Oswego Intern Derek Dalleo; Outreach & Prevention Advocate Jessica Westberry; and Family Advocate Rachel Muntz. Submitted photo

In recognition of Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month the Child Advocacy Center (CAC) of Oswego County is collaborating with its community partners to help raise awareness of child abuse in Oswego County.

The Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce and Child Protection Advisory Council (CPAC) members Catholic Charities of Oswego County, United Way of Greater Oswego County, Oswego County Opportunities (OCO), Oswego County Health Department, school districts and the Oswego County Department of Social Services have come together to be a part of the CAC’s Pinwheels for Prevention program. An initiative of Prevent Child Abuse America, the focus of the Pinwheels for Prevention program is to not only raise awareness of child abuse but, more importantly, transform that awareness into action.

“We’re planting Pinwheel Gardens throughout Oswego County,” said CAC Executive Director Karrie Damm. “There will be Pinwheel Gardens in front of Leighton Elementary School in Oswego as well as several of the Chamber’s Project Bloom sites including the garden at the southern entrance way to Oswego on Route 481, as well as Project Bloom gardens along Rt. 481 and Rt. 48 in Fulton. We planted Mylar pinwheels that represent the innocence of children in that they deserve to live a life free from abuse. The pinwheels serve as a visual reminder of a problem that often goes unnoticed because it is hard for people to fathom.”

The goal of the Pinwheels for Prevention program is to encourage and empower community members to get involved and join the CAC and partner agencies in their efforts to end child abuse in Oswego County. “I’m grateful for the support we are receiving and for the opportunity to plant pinwheel gardens. Pinwheels are the representation that every child deserves a happy, healthy, safe childhood,” added Damm.

Located at 163 S. First Street in Fulton, the CAC is a non-profit organization that works hand-in-hand with local law enforcement, prosecution, child protective services, medical providers, mental health providers, and victim advocacy professionals in Oswego County to protect and serve child victims of sexual and physical abuse. In 2017 the CAC served 541 children and families in Oswego County.

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