Mineola, NY – Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano, along with Dr. John E. Imhof, Commissioner of the Nassau County Department of Social Services (DSS), and several DSS employees, planted pinwheels in front of the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building in Mineola on Thursday, March 30, in recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month. Pinwheels have become a national symbol intended to raise public awareness of child abuse and neglect.
“We have an obligation to ensure that children are protected and safe,” said County Executive Mangano. “Getting the word out that services are available to children and families who are having difficulty coping can help end 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.
“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.