StepStone Family & Youth Services of Indiana Plants Pinwheels For Prevention To Raise Awareness Of National Child Abuse Prevention Month

This April, in recognition of National Child Abuse Prevention Month, StepStone Family & Youth Services of Indiana is planting a garden of more than 36 blue pinwheels outside “Growing Minds” in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Through the initiative, StepStone hopes to raise awareness about preventing child abuse and neglect and providing children with a safe, loving home.

“Many of the children and youth that we serve have experienced abuse or neglect by their caregivers and carry an immense amount of trauma. At StepStone Family & Youth Services, we work tirelessly to connect children to stable, loving homes where they can heal and grow,” said Program Director, Emily Bidelman with StepStone Family & Youth Services of Indiana. “These pinwheels represent the important role that our community plays in protecting children and strengthening families.”

In Indiana, more than 9,000 children are in foster care, creating a dire need to prevent child abuse and neglect before it occurs and meet the increasing need for loving foster parents.

“We’re always looking for new foster families to help children in Indiana communities who need safe, caring living environments,” added Chris Eichman, Executive Director. “This national Child Abuse Prevention Month, we hope to encourage more families to join our StepStone family by opening their hearts and homes and becoming trauma-informed foster parents.”

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