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Beebe Healthcare Joins Prevent Child Abuse Delaware in Recognizing Child Abuse Prevention Month

Beginning Friday, April 17, grounds at Beebe Healthcare in Lewes and at the Beebe Health Campus in Rehoboth Beach will be alive with pinwheels spinning in the wind. 

Beebe employees will be placing the pinwheels on the grounds to be displayed through the weekend in recognition of April as Child Abuse Prevention Month throughout the United States.  Beebe has planned a rain date of Friday, April 24.

Prevent Child Abuse Delaware (PCAD) is leading the charge in Delaware with programs and activities that help recognize the importance of preventing child abuse from ever happening in the first place.

On April 1, PCAD and its partners ushered in Child Abuse Prevention month with the 6th Annual Blue Bow Event.  Remarks from the Governor helped to recognize and celebrate the successes and to recognize areas where additional work is needed.  In addition to the Blue Bow event PCAD staff and board president, Abigail Layton, participated in a Joint Resolution Ceremony at Legislative Hall.

April 17th is Wear Blue Day, and PCAD is encouraging everyone in Delaware to wear blue as a visible sign of their support for children and their families.  If you, your family and friends and/or colleagues wear blue please share a picture with us. 

Beebe Healthcare has a Domestic Violence program that includes identifying and treating victims of child, adult and elder abuse. Beebe has had a pediatric forensic program since 2000. Employees receive education to identify patients that have experienced abuse and neglect. Beebe also provides anti-bullying information to local students, teachers and social workers through a variety of educational and prevention programs.

The Pinwheels for Prevention Program will be implemented throughout the month in all three counties. Pinwheel gardens will be planted in schools, hospitals, organizations, and government agencies using the PCAD pinwheel as a visual representation of our shared belief that all children in Delaware have the right to grow up in safe, nurturing homes, free from abuse and neglect.

For details on the dates and locations of these Child Abuse Prevention activities or additional information about Prevent Child Abuse Delaware, please contact Lynn Haggerty Wong, Director of Advancement at lynnwong@pcadelaware.org.

Prevent Child Abuse Delaware (PCAD) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing leadership for child abuse prevention in Delaware by increasing the community’s understanding of the problem of child abuse and its solutions; serving as a resource for individuals, families, and communities; and advocating for expanded and improved policies and programs.  Serving Delawareans since 1977, PCAD offers training workshops to schools, foster parents, child care providers, and community groups on how to recognize and react to the signs of child abuse and, most importantly, how to foster an environment focused on the prevention of childhood abuse and neglect.

Beebe Healthcare is a not-for-profit community healthcare system with a charitable mission to encourage healthy living, prevent illness, and restore optimal health for the people residing, working, or visiting in the communities we serve. It offers services throughout Southern Delaware for residents and visitors, including a 210-licensed-bed hospital, a cancer center, and outpatient facilities providing walk-in care, lab, imaging, and physical rehab services.  For more information, please visit us online at www.beebehealthcare.org.