(OKLAHOMA CITY, OK) – During the month of April, government and community leaders will promote making great childhoods happen in every community in Oklahoma, according to Parent Promise/Prevent Child Abuse Oklahoma, a leading state organization dedicated to providing families in-home parent education and support.
April is nationally observed as Child Abuse Prevention Month. Parent Promise/Prevent Child Abuse Oklahoma works year-round to prevent child abuse and neglect through parent education, support and advocacy.
“Parent Promise works with families every day to create positive programs to help parents provide loving, nurturing and safe homes for their children by providing home-based services to parents facing challenges in meeting the basic needs of their children,” said Sherry Fair, Parent Promise Executive Director. “As our governor and legislators work toward making Oklahoma a Top 10 state, it’s important to remember that every positive outcome we want in this state starts with raising healthy, resilient children.”
Activities will take place across the state during the month to bring awareness to efforts to prevent child neglect and abuse.
Pinwheel gardens will be displayed throughout the month. Organizations and businesses across the state will build pinwheel gardens at their places of business during the month of April. The pinwheel is the official symbol of Prevent Child Abuse America and represents the happy childhoods all children deserve, Fair said.
Wear blue on April 5. On Friday, April 5, wear blue to help promote and strengthen child abuse prevention efforts in communities. Share your best selfie with others and ask co-workers to join. Post the picture on social media using #OKWearsBlue.
Flag display will honor children lost to abuse. A flag display on State Capitol grounds later this month will honor the 62 children who died from abuse or neglect in 2017. Information on the display will be
announced at a later date.
Child abuse prevention professionals will be honored. The Child Abuse Prevention Awards of Excellence Ceremony will honor excellence in prevention on Tuesday, April 9, at 11 a.m. in the Oklahoma Judicial Center Great Room.