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Posted on: March 31, 2023

Pitt County Recognizes Child Abuse Prevention Month

Pitt County Recognizes Child Abuse Prevention Month

DSS to hold awareness events during April 

PITT COUNTY, N.C. – Pitt County Department of Social Services (DSS) along with Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina (PCANC) recognizes the importance of caring connections, supportive environments and positive experiences for all children and families during Child Abuse Prevention (CAP) Month. Be a connection for Pitt County children and families during Child Abuse Prevention Month and participate in awareness opportunities scheduled throughout April.


Media Availability Monday, April 3 at 9:00 a.mDSS staff will hold the annual “Planting of the Pinwheels” and awareness walk in front of the County Office Building located at 1717 West 5th Street in Greenville, N.C.  Introduced in 2008 by Prevent Child Abuse America, the blue pinwheel serves as the national symbol for child abuse prevention through Pinwheels for Prevention®


“The Pitt County theme for this year’s Child Abuse Prevention Month is Breaking Barriers, It Takes A Village.  Our network of social workers encourages community members to raise awareness by participating in these events and seek support on the behalf of any family in need,” says Sharon Rochelle, Director, DSS. 


Week of April 9th – 14th The Greene Street Bridge, located at the Town Common, will be illuminated in blue every night to amplify the importance of building strong foundations for the children in Pitt County.


On Sunday, April 30, 2023, churches of all faiths are asked to join together in a day of prayer to demonstrate appreciation to those who help abused or neglected children and to support children and families who have been touched by abuse. National Blue Sunday Day of Prayer for abused children began in 1994 with 20 churches, but has grown to include more than 7.4 million participants on 5 continents.


To learn more about the efforts to prevent, recognize and end child abuse, along with ways you can help, call DSS at 252-902-1110. For more information, visit:    


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