Beaufort Co. plants pinwheel garden for Child Abuse Prevention Month

WASHINGTON, N.C. (WITN) – Beaufort County Department of Social Services staff and community members planted a garden of pinwheels this morning.

It took place in the department’s lawn and is a symbol of their support for Child Abuse Prevention Month.

The county said these pinwheels represent the bright future children deserve. They stress their continued priority to supporting families who have been impacted by child abuse and work to prevent future cases from happening.

“This is a great opportunity to bring awareness to child abuse prevention,” said Scott Cullom, Child Protective Services supervisor with Beaufort County DSS. “It’s great to see people take time out of their schedules to put these out so when people ride by, they’ll read the sign and see that there are folks in the community concerned about children being abused and neglected.

The department cites a study from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that nearly 600,000 children nationwide were victims of abuse and neglect in 2021. In this fiscal year, Social Services staff have already investigated 309 reports of child abuse and neglect in the county.

To make a Child Protective Services report, county residents are urged to call (252) 975-5500 during normal work hours and (252) 946-0101 during holidays or after-hours.