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Local orgs recognized during National Child Abuse Prevention Month

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BRAINERD — Two Crow Wing County organizations received Pinwheels for Prevention awards from FamilyWise Services, a leading agency for child abuse prevention in Minnesota.

FamilyWise Services is the home of Prevent Child Abuse Minnesota following its 2020 merger with Minnesota Communities Caring for Children. The agency shares resources with partners, expands access to services and balances conditions for positive childhood experiences to enrich every community and to support parents and caregivers.

Each year in April, which Child Abuse Prevention Month, FamilyWise recognizes its partners across the state who support child and family well-being with its Pinwheels for Prevention award. These partners provide services to families, create spaces to develop community connections and raise awareness about the importance of supporting families and children.

“FamilyWise is dedicated to supporting parents and caregivers in building thriving families and creating fertile environments for healthy childhoods through parent education, wraparound services and early childhood education,” Ann Gaasch, FamilyWise Services executive director, said in a news release. “This collaborative work with our statewide network has always been essential to family and community health, but over the past three years families have experienced new and acute stresses due to the COVID-19 pandemic, uncertainty related to school and employment schedules, and the realities of social and economic injustice. The Pinwheel for Prevention awards honor the work these organizations do for families in our communities.”

Crow Wing County Child Protection Team and Hubbard Radio-Brainerd earned awards for taking the lead on the annual Brainerd Radiothon to End Child Abuse, partnering to make a difference for children and families in Crow Wing County, and engaging the community’s support through their dedication and creativity.

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