April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and according to a F.C. City Hall press release, the City of Falls Church is working to raise awareness about the safety and well-being of children. A pinwheel garden will be planted at the entrance of Cherry Hill Park (312 Park Ave.) next Monday, March 28, 2016 at 7:00 p.m., followed by a proclamation at the City Council meeting at 7:30 p.m. in Council Chambers in City Hall (300 Park Ave.).
According to the City release, across Virginia, thousands of children suffer abuse and neglect each year. It cites data from the Prevent Child Abuse Virginia and the Virginia Department of Social Services, identifying 49,868 children reported as possible victims of abuse and neglect in Virginia last year. Of those children, there were 48 confirmed deaths due to abuse and neglect.
The 2016 Virginia Child Abuse Prevention Month theme, “Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect: Educate. Guide. Protect,” promotes the idea that together, the community can unite in their efforts to prevent the abuse and neglect of children in our Commonwealth.