Blue Pinwheels at the Mesa County Justice Center Reminds of Child Abuse
If you drive by the Mesa County Justice Center, you'll notice hundreds of blue pinwheels on the front lawn. What's going on?
The pinwheels were "planted" last week. The garden hosts over 400 blue pinwheels placed there by CASA of Mesa County (Court Appointed Special Advocates) and Ariel staff members.
The Message Behind the Mesa County Just Center Blue Pinwheels
CASA and Ariel staff planted the pinwheels as a reminder of the young lives that may be impacted by abuse and neglect. A press release from CASA reads:
Mesa County has historically had higher rates of child maltreatment than the national average. We want the community to realize that child abuse and neglect isn’t just confined to a certain demographic, or a certain area of Mesa County. Child abuse can happen anywhere, in any type of family. It’s important to report suspected abuse or neglect, to let children and their families know there is help available, that as a community we care.”
How Does CASA Help with Abuse in Mesa County?
According to their press release, CASA of Mesa County trains and supports community volunteers to advocate for the best interests of children who have been abused or neglected. Volunteers monitor their case and report back to the judge about the status of the case and the well-being of the child.
CASA Volunteers: Eyes + Ears of the Court + the Voice of the Child in Court
Last year we served over 345 abused and neglected children. Each of those children had an advocate in their corner making sure their voices were heard within the system. And more children are added to our waiting list on a regular basis.” - Joy Thompson.
What to Do If You Suspect Child Abuse in Mesa County
To report suspected abuse or neglect call the Child Protection Hotline at 970.242.1211 or 911.
If you're interested in becoming a CASA Advocate, you can learn more about it by visiting CASA’s website at casamc.org or calling 970.242.4191.