April is an important month for the Arkansas Division of Children and Family Services (DCFS). It is Child Abuse Prevention Month, when we take time to highlight our ongoing efforts to help nurture strong families and great childhoods.

But we don’t do this alone. We need our communities to be aware that they play an important role in these efforts. On April 24th, the Cleburne County DCFS staff and the CALL in Cleburne Co leadership, gathered together to recognize Child Abuse Prevention Month by planting a special Pinwheel Garden in front of The CALL House. Pinwheels have become the national symbol for child abuse prevention efforts. This pinwheel garden was planted to remind the local community that we need their help in this fight to prevent child abuse and neglect.

There are many simple ways to get involved in preventing child abuse and neglect, such as volunteering with the CALL or even the local DHS office. Even better, you can open your home to foster and/or adopt.

If interested in any of these opportunities, please contact Johnnelle Switzer, the DCFS Supervisor for Cleburne Co. You can reach Johnnelle by emailing her at Wendy.Switzer@dhs.arkansas.gov or by phone at 501-362-3298.

As always, if you suspect child abuse or neglect, please call the Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-482-5964.