Children’s Justice Center
April is National Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month. To bring attention to this important cause, The Arthur D. Curtis Children’s Justice Center (CJC) is planting pinwheel gardens in various locations around Vancouver. Pinwheels are the national symbol for child abuse prevention and awareness, because they symbolize a happy and uplifting childhood that every child deserves. Pinwheel gardens in our community are designed to encourage everyone who sees them to become involved in protecting children from abuse and neglect.
April was first declared Child Abuse Prevention Month by presidential proclamation in 1983, due to the efforts of a grandmother who had lost her grandchild to child abuse fatality. Since then, April has been a time to acknowledge the importance of families and communities working together to bring awareness and support for local child abuse intervention efforts. This month and throughout the year, the Children’s Justice Center encourages all individuals and organizations to play a role in making Clark County a better place for children and families.