April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

In honor of the month, Plaquemines Parish CASA Program and the CARE Center Foundation are sponsoring a Tree for Life Planting and Pinwheels for Prevention Garden at Belle Chasse Middle School on April 21, 2016 at 2:45pm with the members of the BCMS 4-H Organization and their sponsors to recognize the many ways child abuse can be prevented.

Pinwheels for Prevention is a public awareness campaign that motivates individuals to take... an active role in prevention in their communities.The pinwheel represents happy , healthy children and is the nationwide symbol for child abuse and neglect prevention.

The Tree for Life will be adorned with a blue ribbon and planted on school grounds. Thirty-nine children died in Louisiana due to child abuse last year. Each April, students will be asked to place a blue ribbon around the tree in honor of the children who lost their lives due to abuse and/or neglect.

KIDLINE, 1-800-CHILDREN is a statewide, toll-free telephone service offering crisis intervention, support, parenting information and referrals. KIDLINE is the designated support and information line for Louisiana’s Safe Haven Law, which allows a parent to safely give up an unwanted infant at a designated Safe Haven location.