Advocate teams plant pinwheel garden for child abuse awareness

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — The Court Appointed Special Advocates partnered with Ariel Clinical Services to plant a pinwheel garden with hundreds of blue pinwheels at the Mesa County Justice Center. Each pinwheel serves as a reminder of the young lives that may be impacted by abuse and neglect in Mesa County.

Now, according to officials, Mesa County’s rates of child maltreatment are higher than the national average. Both groups want the month to start off with something the public will notice.

“We have a bunch throughout town, so we’re really hoping that everybody, as they’re driving around some of the streets, are noticing,” Carrie Over shares, “Here at the courthouse, today, we’re going to plant 400.”

Helping spread the awareness further, Mesa County Human Services plans to plant its own section of pinwheels on Monday, April 5th. To report suspected abuse or neglect, call the Child Protection Hotline locally at (970) 242-1211 and statewide at 1-844-CO-4-KIDS.

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