Pinwheels surround County buildings during month of April

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - April has been named Child Abuse Prevention Month in Chesterfield County and Colonial Heights.

Sarah C. Snead, deputy county administrator for Chesterfield County's Human Services Department, and Diane H. Yates, member of Colonial Heights City Council, presented resolutions to that effect during the Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Positive Parenting Coalition's annual gathering.

"I'm pleased to join Diane Yates, as well as Melissa Ackley and Kimberly Reynolds of the Positive Parenting Coalition, in recognizing April 2011 as Child Abuse Prevention Month in Chesterfield County and Colonial Heights," Snead said. "Our youngest citizens are both treasured and vulnerable, and it takes all of us working together to make their futures healthy and safe."

To raise awareness about the importance of prevention, child development and family programs, volunteers will join Chesterfield County Mental Health Support Services Department's Families First program in planting 650 blue and silver pinwheels at Mimms Drive and Government Center Parkway, Wednesday, April 6. These symbols of hope, health and happiness each represent a family that has been served by Families First since its inception 15 years ago.

Parent information tables will be in the lobbies at the Social Services Department at 9501 Lucy Corr Circle, and at the Mental Health Support Services Department, 6801 Lucy Corr Blvd. throughout April.

For information about family services that are available, visit , click Mental Health Support Services, click about the Community Services Board, and scroll down the list in the left-hand column to find the desired program.