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Tuesday, March 19, 2019  |  Permalink

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

Harnett County Child Welfare Services is partnering with the Harnett County Sheriff’s Office and Harnett County Partnership for Children to kick off this year’s Child Abuse Prevention Month. An Opening Pinwheel Ceremony will take place on Monday, April 1, 2019 from 10:00 am to 10:30 on the front lawn of the Harnett County Department of Social Services, located at 311 W. Cornelius Harnett Blvd., Lillington.

This annual event gives the opportunity for community leaders and members to join and bring awareness to child abuse prevention, have a tribute for the children that have passed away as a result of homicide by their parents or caretakers, and plant pinwheels.

During April and throughout the year, Harnett County encourages all individuals and organizations to play a role in making Harnett County a better place for children and families. By ensuring that parents have the knowledge, skills, and resources they need to care for their children, we can help prevent child abuse and neglect by creating strong and thriving children, youth, and families in our communities. Research shows that protective factors are present in healthy families. Promoting these factors is among the most effective ways to reduce the risk of child abuse and neglect. The factors are:

  • Nurturing and attachment
  • Knowledge of parenting and of child and youth development
  • Parental resilience
  • Social connections
  • Concrete supports for parents
  • Social and emotional competence of children

In support of these efforts, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Children's Bureau, Office on Child Abuse and Neglect, its Child Welfare Information Gateway, the FRIENDS National Center for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention and over 30 national prevention partners have created 2019 Prevention Resource Guide: Strong and Thriving Families. The resource guide, designed for service providers who work throughout the community to support families, is available online at

For more information about child abuse prevention programs and activities during the month of April, contact Kimberly Kowanick at 910-814-6662 or

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