USAG Wiesbaden Public Affairs
Soldiers, Families and civilians are invited to stand up for kids by plucking a pinwheel from one of the prevention gardens planted in facilities across U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden during Child Abuse Prevention Month.
Every April communities nationwide take action to recommit to providing safe, stable and nurturing environments for children that are free from abuse and neglect.
This year, the Wiesbaden Family Advocacy Program teamed up with Child and Youth Services to create Pinwheels for Prevention gardens.
“The collaboration with the CYS shows how children can play a positive role in promoting a healthy community,” said Jessie Patrice, Family Advocacy Program manager. “The collaboration also helps the FAP reinforce the child abuse prevention program.”
In Army communities, ACS-FAP is charged with providing education and awareness to help prevent domestic abuse, child abuse and neglect.
“Many people become uncomfortable when they hear the primary purpose of the ACS-FAP,” said Hellen Fakolujo, Family Advocacy Program specialist. “The discomfort is a result of the stigma related to both child and spousal abuse.”
ACS-FAP offers a multi-faceted approach for child abuse prevention, which includes annual mandatory training, resources and education along with a multi-disciplinary staff to work with children and their Families, Fakolujo said.
FAP operates as a commander’s program, supporting commanders and senior enlisted advisors ensuring FAP policies, procedures and leadership responsibilities are understood at the top.
“Efforts of preventing child abuse can be tackled in various ways,” Patrice said. “The important thing to remember is that whatever works best in preventing child abuse, is what we all should strive to achieve.”
The Pinwheels for Prevention campaign started in 2008 and grew from the need to create a national symbol for child abuse prevention. According to Prevent Child Abuse America, “by its very nature, the pinwheel connotes whimsy and childlike notions. In essence, it has come to serve as the physical embodiment, or reminder, of the great childhoods we want for all children.” Individuals can pick-up a pinwheel at the health clinic, dining facility and all CYS facilities.