CASA of Robertson County to Plant Pinwheels for Child Abuse Prevention Month

Rachel Allison


Rachel Allison


May 1, 2024

CASA of Robertson County to Plant Pinwheels for Child Abuse Prevention Month

CASA of Robertson County is preparing to adorn the Springfield Courthouse lawn with a delightful array of 81 pinwheels representing the 81 children they served on April 16, in observance of Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Recent data reveals a troubling reality: approximately one in seven children in the United States has suffered from abuse or neglect within the past year, as reported by the CDC. Specifically, in 2023 alone, Tennessee witnessed 67,457 reported cases of child abuse and neglect, according to Kids Count.

In response, the Pinwheels for Prevention campaign, initiated by Prevent Child Abuse America in 2008, seeks to leverage the simple charm of pinwheels as emblems of innocence and optimism. Each twirl of a pinwheel symbolizes a collective aspiration for a world where every child is safe and cherished.

taken from April 2023's pinwheeling event

With April designated as Child Abuse Prevention Month nationwide, CASA of Robertson County aims to draw attention to this critical issue by covering the courthouse lawn with vibrant pinwheels. Their presence aims to catch the eye of passersby, prompting conversations and rallying hearts around the shared goal of safeguarding children.

Leah Blocker, Executive Director of CASA, sees these pinwheels as more than mere decorations. "We can't be everything to every child. But if we can prevent the abuse of just one child, then our mission is fulfilled," Leah affirms. "Our goal is to raise awareness within the community and empower individuals to make a meaningful difference in children's lives."

CASA, short for Court Appointed Special Advocates, serves as a lifeline for abused and neglected children navigating the complexities of the state's Child Welfare System. In 2023, their tireless efforts provided support to 81 Robertson County juvenile neglect cases, an impressive 74% of total referrals, thanks to the dedication of numerous volunteers.

"When a child enters the child welfare system, their voice often goes unheard. Advocates step in to amplify that voice, ensuring it's heard and heeded," Leah explains. "With each advocate dedicated to a single case, these children receive the focused attention and support they desperately need."

As you admire the kaleidoscope of pinwheels adorning the courthouse lawn, reflect on the profound significance behind their playful dance. They will serve as reminders of our collective responsibility to protect the innocence and well-being of our children.

"In the face of child abuse or neglect, we must all be vigilant advocates," Leah asserts.

If you suspect any form of child maltreatment, don't hesitate to reach out for help. You should call 911 in a life threatening emergency, but there is also a National Domestic Abuse Hotline you can call anonymously at 800-799-7233. Your actions could save a child's life.

For those looking to make a difference, consider joining CASA as a volunteer. By offering your time and compassion, you can be a source of support for neglected children in our community. To learn more about volunteer opportunities, visit their Facebook page or website.

As the pinwheels twirl gently in the breeze, they carry with them a message of hope, resilience, and unwavering solidarity. Together, let us strive to create a world where every child is valued, protected, and free to pursue their dreams.

taken from April 2023's pinwheeling event

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