April is Child Abuse Prevention Month: Order Your Pinwheels

March 8, 2021
pinwheel at state capitol building

Help us spread the word about Pinwheels for Prevention!

The Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) is observing April 2021 as Child Abuse Prevention (CAP) month by raising awareness in communities about child abuse and neglect prevention. As the Prevent Child Abuse Washington State Chapter, we encourage you to join the Pinwheels for Prevention initiative. This initiative uses pinwheels – a timeless symbol for childhood – to represent its campaign. 

Last year, DCYF distributed more than 10,000 pinwheels to communities around the state. Pinwheels for Prevention is a reminder that it is not enough to respond to child abuse and neglect – we must build and support strong families through community engagement, programs, and policies. This movement works toward developing communities that are healthy, safe, and nurturing for all children and all families.

Please place your order for pinwheels by completing this form and sending it to strengtheningfamilies@dcyf.wa.gov. Pinwheels are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Pinwheels will be available for order through March, however, if you would like to receive your pinwheels by April 1, please submit the form by March 18. 

Raising awareness during the COVID-19 pandemic can come with its challenges, so we have put together a couple of extra materials in addition to the pinwheels that we hope can support increasing awareness throughout the month. We will have a Pinwheel for Prevention bulletin board and seed packets available with each order. Please indicate on the order form if you would like one or both in the space provided. These are free of charge.

Lastly, please join us in turning your home, office, and the community blue by participating in Wear Blue Day on April 1. Wear Blue Day helps kick-off the month with support for preventing child abuse and neglect. We encourage you to take photos and post them on social media using the hashtag #growingbettertogether and #CAPmonth. We would love to share your support!