Board of Commissioners, CARE House join to recognize National Child Abuse Prevention Month

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– Photos courtesy of Oakland County Board of Commissioners


At last week’s board meeting, the Oakland County Board of Commissioners (BOC) joined with CARE House of Oakland County to recognize April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Commissioner Shelley Goodman Taub introduced the executive director of CARE House, Blythe Spitsbergen, who shared jarring statistics on child abuse and emphasized the importance of working to give every child a “care-free, joyous and free-spirited” childhood.

“We know that there are too many children in the United States, and right here in our community, that are being abused,” Spitsbergen said. “We can do more – we need to do more.”

Every year in April, CARE House plants a “pinwheel garden” outside the Oakland County courthouse to raise awareness about child abuse prevention and to honor National Child Abuse Prevention Month. The pinwheel has been adopted as a nationwide symbol for child abuse prevention because it embodies the fun, whimsical nature of a happy childhood, something every child deserves.

“Pinwheels represent the fun that childhood should be,” said Chuck Ludwig, CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) director at CARE House. “Unfortunately, neglect and abuse, and many other negative experiences for children, dampens that fun and contributes to many of the social issues we face as a community.”

Taub has coordinated the board’s participation in CARE House’s annual Pinwheel Garden Ceremony for many years and believes in the necessity of educating new parents, and all caretakers, about the importance of a stress-free, trauma-free childhood.

“It should never hurt to be a child,” Taub said.

CARE House of Oakland County seeks to be a leading resource in the prevention of child abuse and neglect, and the protection of children through advocacy, education, intervention, research and treatment, in collaboration with the community. For additional information about CARE House of Oakland County, visit their website at www.carehouse.org.

For additional information about the Oakland County BOC, visit www.oakgov.com/boc or call 248-858-0100.