Cook Children's Displays Pinwheels for Child Abuse Prevention Month
April marks National Child Abuse Prevention Month and Cook Children’s will display 1,675 pinwheels to represent a visit with the Cook Children's Child Advocacy Resources and Evaluation (CARE) Team to evaluate for child abuse and/or neglect.
National Child Abuse Prevention Month brings awareness to recognizing and reporting child abuse. It also recognizes the importance of families and communities working together to strengthen families to prevent child abuse and neglect. Texas consistently has some of the highest child abuse and neglect rates.
Child abuse and neglect include all forms of physical and emotional harm, sexual abuse, neglect, and exploitation that result in actual or potential harm to the child's health, development or dignity. Within this broad definition, five subtypes can be distinguished – physical abuse; sexual abuse; neglect and negligent treatment; emotional abuse; and exploitation.
Each of the 1,675 pinwheels displayed at Cook Children's reflects a child abuse visit. Neglect is the No. 1 type of child maltreatment. One in seven children has experienced child maltreatment in the past year. Texas is the No. 1 state for child abuse fatalities.
Led by a pediatrician who is board certified in child abuse medicine, the Cook Children's CARE Team provides medical and forensic evaluations for victims of physical abuse, neglect and drug exposure, sexual abuse screening examinations and preventative education for victims of child maltreatment.
- The Cook Children’s Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention website and a phone number to text for local resources.
- Text ‘FIND’ to 67629 for local resources and support.
- Call 1-800-252-5400 to report abuse. Visit txabuseonline.org to report abuse online.
- Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention (cookchildrens.org)
- Go to saynotoabuse.org for additional prevention and support resources.