From CASA of Harford County:
Bel Air, MD (April 3, 2013) – April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Throughout this month CASA of Harford County invites the community to play a role in making Harford County a place that prioritizes children’s healthy development. When parents have the knowledge, skills, and resources to provide children with safe, stable, nurturing, and healthy environments, we can prevent abuse and neglect before they occur. CASA of Harford County is hosting a Candlelight Vigil to highlight and honor Child Abuse Prevention Month.
The Candlelight Vigil will be held outside of the Harford County Circuit Courthouse, facing Main Street on Wednesday, April 17th at 7:30 pm. On display will be a pinwheel garden “planted” by CASA of Harford County staff and volunteers.
“The blue pinwheel has become a national symbol for Child Abuse Prevention month. It represents the innocence and playfulness that all children deserve,” states CASA’s Director, Ross DiEdoardo. “This is our first Candlelight Vigil in honor of Child Abuse Prevention Month. We hope to make this an annual event to continue to bring awareness to the issue of child safety and protection.”
The event will feature speakers, musical selections by the Susquehanna Singers and the lighting of the candles. All in the community are welcomed and encouraged to attend. A special thank you to The Family Tree for providing the pinwheels and to Buontempo Brothers for offering a special discount to all attendees.
CASA of Harford County has been in existence since 1995. It is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization that trains community volunteers to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children who are in the foster care and court system. CASA Volunteers monitor all aspects of their case and report to the court, making recommendations for what they feel is in the child’s best interest.