Media Advisory

State of Florida
Department of Children and Families
Rick Scott

David E. Wilkins

April 2, 2012
MEDIA CONTACT: Terri Durdaller
DCF SunCoast Region Communications Director
(813) 558-55
Child Welfare Leaders Hosts Kick-off Pinwheels for Prevention Event at Glazer Children’s Museum

TAMPA, FLA. – The Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) is partnering with The Children’s Board Keeping Kids Safe Partnership, Hillsborough Kids, Inc and the Glazer Children’s Museum to kick-off Child Abuse Prevention Month as part of the Pinwheels for Prevention campaign to change the way people think about prevention.

Community child welfare leaders will host a news conference to highlight the responsibility everyone has in the community to prevent child abuse. SunCoast Regional Director Mike Carroll will discuss the role of the department in ensuring every child has an equal opportunity for growth and development and recently passed legislation that allows the department to create an entire new framework for investigators that collects and analyzes data on individual families, providing more information as they check on the well-being of children. The campaign focuses on policies that prioritize healthy child development and increase awareness of community resources so abuse and neglect never begins.

Local service providers will be at the event being held at the Glazer Children’s Museum Tuesday, April 3rd from 1:30 – 7:00 pm to distribute information on healthy child development and community services for families. The entrance fee to the museum has been waived for this event so families can enjoy at no cost. In addition to the kick-off event, The Children’s Board Family Resource Centers will also be offering a variety of activities such as arts & craft, story time, along with special visits from the Berenstain Bears throughout the month. Cities throughout the region are planning proclamation ceremonies recognizing April as Child Abuse Prevention Month.

WHO: DCF Regional Director Mike Carroll, Hillsborough Kids, Inc. - Board Member and Child Advocate Constance Trojanowski

WHAT: Child Abuse Prevention Month Kick-Off

WHEN: Tuesday April 3, 2012 at 1:30 p.m.

WHERE: Children’s Glazer Museum, 110 West Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa