Pinwheels reminder to protect children from abuse
Craig Press staff
In early April, pinwheels were planted on the lawn at McDonald’s in Craig to help raise awareness of National Child Abuse Prevention Month.
Abuse in Moffat County was higher, at 13.2 children per 1,000 experiencing some form of abuse, than the statewide average of 8.4 percent per 1,000, according to Kids Count.
“The first step in helping to end child abuse and neglect in Colorado is learning to recognize the signs of child abuse and neglect,” states CO4Kids.org. “The presence of a single sign does not mean that child maltreatment is occurring in a family, but a closer look at the situation may be warranted when these signs appear repeatedly or in combination. Trust your gut instinct and call if you are concerned for the safety and well-being of a child.”
Anyone witnessing a child in a life-threatening situation should call 911 immediately. If it is not an emergency, call the Colorado Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline 1-844-CO-4-KIDS (1-844-264-5437) to report all concerns for a child’s safety and well-being.
American Red Cross of Western Colorado will be training Moffat County volunteers on disaster cycle services, psychological first aid, and more during sessions Saturday, Aug. 24, according to a news release from the organization.