Pinwheels reminder to protect children from abuse |

Pinwheels reminder to protect children from abuse

Pinwheels planted on the lawn at McDonalds in Craig Thursday, April 4 to help raise awareness of National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Pictured, from left: Tanya Ferguson, Kristen Vigil, Betsy Overton, Carol Taylor, Trish Snyder, Kim Maneotis, and Robin Knoche.

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 “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.

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