WARSAW — In honor of child abuse prevention month, Court Appointed Special Advocates held its second annual pinwheel garden planting ceremony on the south lawn of the courthouse on Wednesday, April 12.
Around 30 people from the community attended the event. Individuals from CASA, Department of Children’s Services and others from the community were in attendance to demonstrate their decision to prevent child abuse.
The pinwheel garden is in honor of Child Abuse Awareness Month. The pinwheels will stay on the courthouse lawn for about a week as a way to make the community aware of the community’s commitment to preventing child abuse.
CASA program manager Janelle Meyer spoke briefly before the group planted the pinwheels.
“These pinwheels don’t stand for the children who have been abused, they stand for people who are committed to preventing it. We just want to encourage you all to do your part,” said Meyer.
Meyer stated the number one way to prevent child abuse is to get involved in the lives of children and parents individuals are around.
“I’ve never heard a parent say my goal is to abuse my children or hurt them, but they got overwhelmed. As a community, we can step in and help them,” said Meyer.