Lewis Geyer, Longmont Times-CallMaggie Hirsch helps place pinwheels in the ground on the northwest side of Roosevelt Park in Longmont on Tuesday in recognition of April as Child Abuse Prevention Month.
The pinwheel garden placed in the northwest corner of Roosevelt Park in Longmont, near the pool area, is meant to make passersby stop and pause.
Faith Motter hopes it inspires passersby to have “those sometimes uncomfortable conversations.”
Motter, director of development and communication at nonprofit Blue Sky Bridge, installed the garden on Tuesday with a group that included law enforcement and other nonprofit staff. The number of pinwheels totals about 300, which represents the number of children served by Blue Sky Bridge in the previous year, when combined with a garden installed at Central Park Bandshell in downtown Boulder.
Blue Sky Bridge is a child advocacy center that provides education and support, as well as forensic interviewing services for the state and law enforcement offices.
“I think that child abuse is a really tough topic and it’s one people shy away from,” Motter said. But research shows that child abuse can be prevented, she said, and that the work groups such as Blue Sky Bridge do is working.
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In Boulder County, numbers appear to have improved over a decade, from 2007 to 2017. The number of children in an open child abuse case decreased by more than 50 percent, while the timeliness of response from caseworkers has increased by nearly 15 percent, according to data from the Colorado Department of Human Services.
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