Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano announced today that Children’s Protective Services (CPS), a division of the Nassau County Department of Social Services (DSS), in partnership with Girl Scout Troop 1011, recently decorated the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building in Mineola with pinwheels in recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month. Pinwheels have become a national symbol intended to raise public awareness of child abuse and neglect.
Child abuse and neglect happens at every socio-economic level, across all ethnicities and religions and levels of education. Public awareness is critical to strengthening families and reducing instances of maltreatment. In 2013, Nassau County’s Child Protective Services received and investigated 6,999 reports of suspected child abuse and neglect. In 2014, CPS received 6,229 reports, a decrease of 11 percent.
County Executive Mangano stated, “We have an obligation to ensure that children are protected and safe. Getting the word out that services are available to children and families who are having difficulty coping can help end child abuse and neglect.”
“We are delighted that Girl Scout Troop 1011 joined our efforts to declare that violence towards children is not acceptable,” added Jeanette Feingold, Director of Child Protective Services. “Having young people spread this message is very powerful.”
“County Executive Mangano is committed to eradicating family and domestic violence in Nassau County,” emphasized Social Services Commissioner Dr. John E. Imhof. “Violence is not the answer is the message we want to get out to all our communities. Recognizing Child Abuse Prevention month is a reminder that youth should be able to grow up happy, without fear of abuse or neglect.”
If you know a child who may be abused or neglected, you can call the New York State Central Registry toll free at 1-800-342-3720. Calls made by non-mandated reporters can be anonymous. In situations of imminent danger, dial 911.