Child Abuse Prevention Month begins Sunday, April 1. What’s being done — and what you can do to help.

Child Abuse Prevention Month begins Sunday, April 1. What’s being done — and what you can do to help.

Below please find a calendar of events for Child Abuse Prevention Month, beginning Sunday, April 1. Hometown Headlines will have additional coverage online and on radio in the days ahead.

Blue Mondays and “Believe in the Blue”–Each Monday in April

“Blue Mondays” is a nationwide activity that provides a fun way for individuals to show their commitment to keeping children safe!  Each Monday in April, you are encouraged to wear something blue, decorate your office in blue, paint your face blue…you get the picture. Speaking of pictures—take an original picture of your class, friends, family, or office as they “Believe in the Blue” with you–then post to Facebook and be sure to tag the “Exchange Club Family Resource Center”. You can also email your photo to

Placement of the Pinwheels—April 2, 2018 at 11 AM

Meet at the Division of Family and Children Services offices (450 Riverside Parkway) for our annual “Placement of the Pinwheels”. This year, we will place 127 pinwheels along Riverside Parkway to represent the 127 families in which abuse and neglect was confirmed in 2017. After the pinwheels are in place, we’ll have a brief program and take a group picture to symbolize our commitment to keeping
children in Rome/Floyd County safer in 2018. Wear blue in honor of the month and dress comfortably.




Child Abuse Prevention Presentation at Collaborative—April 5, 2018 at 1:30 PM
The Collaborative is composed of helping agencies and volunteers who work to improve the well-being of children, youth and families in Rome/Floyd. Meetings are open to the public and are held at the Floyd County Board of Education building the first Thursday of each month. This month’s program will focus on what happens after an abuse report is made and also provide information about how prevention services impact families. Call 706-232-0703 for information.

Parent Outreach Workshop—April 5, 2018 at 6 PM
Visit Anna K. Davie Elementary to hear a dynamic presentation by Steve Dennis of Motivation Unlimited ( Steve will share tips in this free workshop to help us learn ways to implement a response rather than a reaction to hard situations. Children are welcome but childcare is not provided.

Exchange Club of Rome—Presentation on April 20, 2018 at 12:00 PM
Come learn more about how the Exchange Club of Rome is serving families and preventing child abuse. The 2018 “Katie Dempsey Star Award” will also be presented to an outstanding volunteer. Seating is limited and a reservation is required (call Tina at 706-290-0764).

Stewards of Children Training–April 12, 2018 from 2-4 PM
Join Harbor House and the Sexual Assault Center of NWGA for a free Stewards of Children training in the Etowah Room at the Sara Hightower Library. The Stewards of Children program provides adults with the tools to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. Attendees will be given a certificate of completion at the end of the training. To register, please click here or email Payton
Berry at . Spots for this workshop are limited.

Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Art Project–Submission deadline of April 12, 2018
Sponsored by Harbor House, local elementary schools are invited to participate in an art project to raise awareness and voice the significance of the issue of child abuse and neglect in our community. A canvas will be provided and finished art is due to Harbor House on April 12th. Artwork will be recognized on the Harbor House Facebook page and local community agencies may later choose a canvas to showpiece at their offices. Call 706-235-5437 for information.

Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Poetry Contest–Submission deadline of April 16, 2018
Sponsored by Harbor House, area middle schools are invited to participate in a poetry contest to raise awareness and voice the significance of the issue of child abuse and neglect in our community. Poems are due to students’ coordinating teachers on April 16th. Prizes will go to the winners from each school district and will be recognized in local media as well as on the Harbor House Facebook page. Call 706-235-5437 for more information.

Empowered to Connect Simulcast–April 27 and April 28, 2018 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Offered through Restoration Rome, this training features Trust-Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI) methods to help bring attachment and connection in families. The content is ideal for adoptive or foster parents, as well as anyone serving and supporting children and families. Registration

Child Abuse Prevention Tips on Hometown Headlines Radio Edition

Learn ways to keep children safer in 2018.  Tune in to Hometown Headlines Radio Edition on WRGA 98.7 FM, 1470 AM and at 7:40 a.m. every Monday in April, except the first interview on Tuesday, April 3.

More about how YOU can reduce child abuse and neglect in our community, call:

  • Exchange Club Family Resource Center (706-290-0764);
  • Harbor House (706-235-5437);
  • Rome/Floyd County Commission on Children & Youth (706-232-0703);
  • Foster parent information available through:
    • Faith Coalition for Families (706-346-6419; 706-506-9608)
    • Floyd Dept. of Family & Children’s Services (706-295-6004)
    • 877-210-KIDS (State Dept. of Family & Children’s Services)
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