Office of Children and Family Services

 

NEWS
For Immediate Release: 4/2/2014

Contact: Jennifer Givner

Email: Jennifer.Givner@ocfs.ny.gov

Phone: 518-402-3130

OCFS TO RECOGNIZE CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION AND AWARENESS MONTH WITH ‘PINWHEELS FOR PREVENTION’ CEREMONY

For Release: April 2, 2014

Money raised from sales of pinwheels to benefit CEO Family Resource Center in Rensselaer

The New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) is planting a Pinwheels for Prevention garden to raise awareness of child abuse in observance of Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month.

OCFS Acting Commissioner Sheila J. Poole and Rensselaer Mayor Dan Dwyer will join employees on Friday, Apr. 4 at 12:30 p.m. to plant the garden of more than 500 pinwheels in Huyck Square at the corner of Third Avenue and Washington Street near the OCFS Home Office and Rensselaer City Hall. The garden will serve as a visual reminder that everyone has an important role in preventing child abuse and nurturing the children of our community.

Employees sold the pinwheels in the days leading up to the event to raise money to benefit the CEO Family Resource Center in Rensselaer. OCFS began the tradition of planting a pinwheel garden in 2013, when it also partnered with Rensselaer City Hall. Employees raised more than $500 to benefit the Rensselaer Youth Bureau.

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo proclaimed April to be Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month in New York State and highlighted continued preventative actions by OCFS to give children the bright, hopeful futures they deserve.

“Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month is a wake-up call for everyone to remain vigilant in the fight against child abuse, not just today, or during this month, but every day of the year,” said Acting Commissioner Sheila J. Poole. “The new tradition of planting the pinwheel garden is a stunning reminder of how important it is to provide children with the chance to succeed mentally, emotionally, and physically.”

“I am pleased to join Acting Commissioner Poole and OCFS once again to recognize Child Abuse Prevention Month,” said Mayor Dwyer. “We all share the responsibility of preventing child abuse and spreading the message that we will not tolerate any form of abuse or neglect against children. I want to thank everyone who generously contributed to this effort which will benefit Rensselaer’s CEO Family Resource Center.”

The pinwheel is used throughout the U.S. as a symbol for child abuse and neglect prevention, serving as a reminder of childhood innocence and the happy and healthy lives to which children have a right.