On April 26, 2023, a vibrant display of 100 pinwheels brightened the headquarters of Waterbury Youth Services, catching the eyes of many. These spinning pinwheels were not there just for decoration; they served a much more significant purpose. The Greater Waterbury Child Advocacy Center (CAC) planted each pinwheel to raise awareness for National Child Abuse Prevention Month and remind residents that help is available for victims.
Our LAL youth participated in planting the pinwheels, demonstrating their commitment to this important cause.
The CAC team works diligently to protect children in the Greater Waterbury area, responding to allegations of child sexual abuse, child physical abuse, serious neglect, and domestic minor sex trafficking. Drawing strength from the combined knowledge and cooperation of multiple disciplines, the CAC's partners include the state's attorney’s office (both Adult and Juvenile), the Department of Children and Families, local police departments, State Troop A, trained medical personnel, mental health professionals, victim advocates from Safe Haven of Greater Waterbury, the Office of Victim Services, and Love 146.
The pinwheel serves as a vivid and dynamic reminder of the innocence of childhood and the resilience of children who have experienced abuse. Spinning gracefully in the wind, these pinwheels represent a call to action, urging the community to join the fight against child abuse and ensure the safety and well-being of every child.
It's crucial to act if you suspect a child is being abused. Please call the Department of Children and Families hotline at 1-800-842-2288, your local police department, or Waterbury Youth Services at 203-573-0264 to report your concerns.
The Greater Waterbury CAC is accredited as a Children's Advocacy Center by the National Children's Alliance. They provide free forensic interviews and medical examinations to help children in need.
Join the Greater Waterbury CAC and our LAL youth in raising awareness and making a difference for child abuse victims. Let's work together to create a world where every child can enjoy the carefree, joyful experience that the spinning pinwheels represent.