Child Abuse Prevention Month

Held annually in April, Child Abuse Prevention Month is the nationally designated month to acknowledge the importance of communities working together to prevent child abuse and neglect.

Our work builds safeguards in communities that will keep children free from harm and give them the opportunity to thrive and enjoy healthy, nurtured lives. All families need protective factors and support in keeping them strong. Protective factors help families find resources and support and coping strategies to parent more effectively, especially under stress.

We know that when we work together – parents, families, friends, communities – more children have a great childhood.

For us the pinwheel represents that healthy, happy childhood, and it is the official symbol of child abuse prevention for Prevent Child Abuse America. While we work for prevention year round, April gives us the opportunity to focus on all the strategies we can use to protect children, strengthen families and raise awareness to stop child abuse and neglect from occurring.

Prevent Child Abuse S.C. Prevention Partners

Children’s Trust is home to Prevent Child Abuse South Carolina (PCA SC), the state chapter of Prevent Child Abuse America. Their local leadership is an important piece of the puzzle, as each community has its own issues and solutions. Their commitment to this partnership means we stand together as a strong, unified, statewide voice advocating for prevention.

Pinwheels for Prevention

The pinwheel symbolizes the carefree spirit of great childhoods, when children grow up happy, healthy, nurtured and safe. They are used to draw attention to the effective solution of prevention and a strong visible presence of your commitment to preventing child abuse. Some of our partners are convening county-wide Child Abuse Prevention Month efforts.

We recognize these community partnerships

Prevent Child Abuse South Carolina

Led by Children’s Trust of South Carolina.

Greenville Child Abuse Prevention Month

Led by Greenville First Steps.

Oconee County Child Abuse Prevention Month

Led by Oconee County First Steps

Pickens County Child Abuse Prevention Month

Led by Pickens County First Steps and The Parenting Place.

Spartanburg Child Abuse Prevention Month

Led by Hope Center for Children and Spartanburg County First Steps.

Become a Prevent Child Abuse S.C. Partner

Pinwheels are available to Prevent Child Abuse South Carolina Prevention Partners.

Sign-Up Online

Corporate Pinwheel Partners

Children’s Trust offers corporate and business organizations the opportunity to stand with us during Child Abuse Prevention (CAP) Month. For a $500 donation, businesses will receive a kit of materials to help promote child abuse prevention. This kit includes 60 pinwheels, lapel pins, rack cards (4x9), yard sign (24x18) and a poster (11x17).

Become a Corporate Pinwheel Partner

Child Abuse Prevention Proclamations

Sample Proclamation

Governor Henry McMaster has declared April 2017 as Child Abuse Prevention Month

Municipalities that pass proclamations are taking an important step to build awareness and inspire collective action around the prevention of child abuse and neglect. Municipalities are encouraged to plant pinwheel gardens for Child Abuse Prevention Month in a show of community wide support for the prevention of child abuse and neglect. If you see pinwheels in your hometown, reach out and let your local elected officials know how much you appreciate their support.

Complete our online form.

Resources to Help You Get Started

Messaging resources and tools are provided to support Child Abuse Prevention Month activities and to encourage a consistent prevention voice throughout South Carolina.


Great information to help you promote Child Abuse Prevention Month. Also includes messaging samples for social media, email newsletters and much more.

Download Toolkit (PDF)


Share statistics, prevention information and the list of Prevent Child Abuse S.C. Prevention Partners.

Download (PDF)


11x17 color poster for you to print yourself or send to a local print shop.

Download Poster (PDF)

Pinwheel Coloring Sheet

Use this pinwheel coloring sheet at a community event as a children’s activity.

Download Coloring Sheet (PDF)

How to Make a Pinwheel

Make and decorate your own pinwheels. Print, color and cut to create your own pinwheels.

Download Pinwheel (PDF)

Keeping Your Kids Safe booklet

Reduce the incidence and consequence of child abuse and neglect.

Download Booklet (PDF)

Order Printed Copies

National Child Abuse Prevention Month Information

Resources, publications, calendars and more.

View National Resources

Share and attend community prevention events

Keep us informed on the Child Abuse Prevention Month activities in your community and keep up with what others are doing. Our events listing also includes professional development opportunities. We have an easy online form where you can submit your events.

Child Abuse Prevention Month Sponsors

Thank you to our sponsors for their support of Child Abuse Prevention Month.

  • Molina Healtcare of South Carolina
  • SCE&G
  • Abacus
    • Glens Bay Dental

    Sponsorship Opportunities

    Adrienne Bellinger
    Chief Development Officer

    Child Abuse Prevention Month

    Michael Shirley
    Community Prevention Coordinator