April is Child Abuse Prevention Awareness month and Tuscaloosa’s Child Abuse Prevention Services placed blue pinwheels in front of Tuscaloosa City Hall on April 3.

The idea behind the pinwheels is for people to understand the organization, why it exists and ways to use the resources CAPS provides.

CAPS’ overall goal is to prevent child abuse, but they provide more such as internet safety, parenting classes and sleep safety for kids and babies to prevent crib deaths.

April 1, Lainer Automotive hosted the 1st Blue Ribbon ceremony to kick off the awareness month in Tuscaloosa.

“This is an ongoing problem that needs to be addressed,” says Cassius Lainer, owner of Lainer Automotive.

According to a statistic on the CAPS Twitter feed, it is reported that 3.6 million cases of child abuse occurred in the United States.

“When we first started doing this people would even come and get a pinwheel because then they can place that pinwheel in their yard,” says Phyllis Simon, CAPS Service Delivery Director. “They can place the pinwheel … and give it to their child and look on it because it is a message on the stick that the wheel is actually attached to and it has something to do with child abuse prevention.”

CAPS will be hosting events to create awareness all month.

For more information check out the CAPS website 


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