For Immediate Release
Contact: Chris Ciarlo
Reno, Nev. April 6, 2020. The Washoe County Human Services Agency (HSA) Children’s Services Division is calling on the community to help make Washoe County bluetiful this April.
Hundreds of pinwheels have been planted at select locations throughout the community to represent the joyful, carefree childhood every kiddo deserves. HSA invites the public to join us in raising awareness about National Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month by choosing one day in April to wear blue clothing.
HSA received 6,568 reports of child abuse and/or neglect during Fiscal Year 2019. In addition, HSA helped reunify 286 children with their families in fiscal year 2019.
HSA asks the public to be vigilant and call 833-900-SAFE when reporting child abuse and/or neglect.
“Protecting Washoe County’s children is of the utmost importance, but HSA also works diligently in assisting families in need of guidance, support and recovery. HSA makes every attempt to locate relatives or fictive kin to care for children when they enter foster care, in hopes of preserving the family,” said HSA Director Amber Howell.
The media is invited anytime to film pinwheels, which have been planted at the following locations:
- Washoe County Administration Complex located at 1001 E. 9th St., Reno.
- Washoe County Human Services Agency located at 350 S. Center St., Reno.
- Washoe County Child Advocacy Center.
Virtual media interviews are available.
Learn more about National Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month.
The public is encouraged to post a picture of themselves and their family on their social media accounts wearing blue in support of Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month. Follow Washoe County on Twitter and Facebook to help raise awareness by using #Pinwheels4Prevention.
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