Every ten seconds in our country, a report of child abuse is recorded. April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and since 1989, people nationwide wear the blue ribbon and carry blue pinwheels this month to create awareness of the need to keep kids safe and families strong.
To bring recognition and to offer support, the 4th Annual Pinwheel Parade Against Child Abuse will be held on Saturday, April 29 at the St. Augustine Youth Services campus from 10-11:30am. There will be a ceremonial “parade” around the campus, refreshments, free children’s activities, and tables set up with parenting information. Professionals and advocates will be on hand to answer questions about the resources available in St. Johns County. The St. Johns County Sheriff Office as well will be providing a helicopter (pending weather conditions).
By working together as a community, we all can play a part in promoting children’s emotional well-being and strengthening families. During the month of April and throughout the year, St. Augustine Youth Services is dedicated to supporting families and reducing the risk of child abuse and neglect.
“Everyone’s participation is critical,” said Schuyler Siefker, SAYS Executive Director. “Focusing on ways to build and promote the protective factors in every interaction with children and families is the best thing our community can do to prevent child maltreatment and promote optimal child development.”
SAYS is a residential group home which provides therapeutic services for boys who have experienced severe emotional trauma, such as child abuse and neglect. SAYS is celebrating 28 years of serving children and three years in their US1 South campus facility.
SAYS is located at 6624 US 1 South, just north of the SE Branch Library, near SR206. For more information, please call 904-829- 1770 or visit www.sayskids.org.