Pinwheel

United Way invests in local solutions to prevent child abuse through nonprofit agencies with established best practices. As a community, we are helping to improve parenting skills, counseling, support, and connections to a host of resources. Our efforts to raise awareness and community engagement are small but significant steps to ensure children and families in our community are safe can thrive.
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GET INVOLVED

The Pinwheels for Prevention campaign helps to educate communities about the importance of supporting children and families. Shining in the sun, the pinwheel is reflective of the bright future all children deserve and our belief that getting it right early is less costly than trying to fix it later.

In 2008, the Pinwheels for Prevention® campaign was launched as a grassroots effort for individuals and organizations across the U.S. to take action. The campaign promotes healthy child development while raising awareness to prevent child abuse and neglect—before it ever happens.

Why the Pinwheel?

The blue pinwheel is the nationally recognized symbol of prevention because it represents happy, healthy childhoods all children deserve.

  • Wear blue on April 1st, Wear Blue Day, to show support for children and families. Post a photo or video on social media and include the #WearBlueDay2022 hashtag.
  • Follow Prevent Child Abuse Florida on social media and share their posts throughout April. Encourage friends and family to do the same. Use the hashtags #HelpFloridaFamiliesThrive and #CAPMonth to signify your commitment to helping children, families, and entire communities to thrive.
  • Make a tax-deductible donation.
  • Plant pinwheels in front of your office, building or church.
  • Refer people who need help to unitedwayirc.org/pinwheel for a list of local action steps and resources.

RESOURCES

Resources for Teens

#Just4Me is a safe way for teens to take control of their health in a confidential atmosphere. Treasure Coast Community Health offers medical guidance and help with STIs, pregnancy and pregnancy prevention, HIV/AIDS and healthy relationships. Behavioral Health services are also available to help manage stress and social pressures specific to teens.

https://www.just4metcch.org

Health Care for Kids

Treasure Coast Community Health board certified pediatricians and advance practice registered nurses are here to make sure your child receives the best care from day one, setting the stage for strong development and a lifetime of good health. TCCH is committed to providing affordable health care and is one of a limited number of practices in Indian River County that accepts children covered by Medicaid insurance.

https://www.tcchinc.org/services/medical-services/

Mental Health & Wellness Services

Treasure Coast Community Health provides behavioral and mental health services for children, couples, families and individuals focusing on total wellness. TCCH offers low cost sliding fee discounts and accepts most insurances. Whatever your needs, TCCH is here to help

https://www.tcchinc.org/services/behavioral-health/

Moms & Pregnancy
  1. Call Healthy Start 772-563-9118
  2. Fill out a referral form on our website: org/cir-referral/
  3. Call Healthy Families 772-778-1323
  4. Send us an email [email protected]
  5. Join a support group
  6. Learn healthy coping skills
  7. Practice self-care
Families in Crisis

To Request Help 

Go online to www.safe-families.org

Click on Get Help

Click on Request a Host Family or Family Friend

Fill out the Request for Help Form

  • Be sure on the Region/Chapter to select Treasure Coast- FL

You will need:

  • Name
  • Phone Number
  • Address (if applicable)
  • Reason for Help

If you do not have web access, you can also call our Intake Line, 772-217-9066 and leave a message. Local staff will respond to your request shortly.

Local Organizations

Healthy Families Florida

Healthy Families Florida is a nationally accredited home visiting program for expectant parents and parents of newborns. The program improves childhood outcomes and increases family self-sufficiency by empowering parents through education and community support. Parents voluntarily participate in Healthy Families so they can learn how to recognize and respond to their babies’ changing developmental needs, use positive discipline techniques, cope with the day-to-day stress of parenting in healthy ways, and set and achieve short- and long-term goals.

 

http://www.healthyfamiliesfla.org/

 

Get Involved

  1. Learn risk factors
  2. Become a volunteer/mentor

Healthy Families can help you do all of these things!

772-778-1323

[email protected]

Indian River County Healthy Start

Indian River County Healthy Start is a non-profit organization that works to asses and fill gaps and illuminate and eliminate barriers in order to improve the maternal and child health system. Our mission is to establish and support a local system of care that optimizes the health of moms, babies and their families. One of our programs that helps reduce rates of child abuse and neglect is Parents as Teachers. The Parents as Teachers model sends our Health Coordinators into the homes to spend time with parents and their babies or toddlers. We encourage parents to interact with their children in new ways by providing activities that are affordable and easy to use.

Get Involved

  1. Encourage your friends and family to bond with their baby from conception, talk about the value of reading to your baby, give books as gifts for baby showers, pregnant moms and expecting dads/partners can read to their children in utero to help form a strong bond right at the start.
  2. Offer to babysit for a friend or family member. It can be hard for a parent to ask for help but with a strong support system our families prosper.

https://irchealthystartcoalition.org/

Safe Families for Children

Safe Families for Children supports families in crisis through compassionate, caring community. Our objectives are to prevent child abuse and neglect and keep kids out of foster care. We do that by supporting the parent through a crisis when stress and circumstances might result in children being harmed. We connect our families to volunteers who offer coaching, support with the children, connections to community resources, other forms of temporary assistance to stabilize from the crisis, and friendship. We meet families where they are and are able to work alongside them in ways that complement the other community programs they might need to keep their family secure.

Get Involved

  1. Become a volunteer – contact [email protected] 
  2. Spread the word through friends and social media

https://safe-families.org/

Childcare Resources

Childcare Resources works for families, subsidizing the cost of high-quality care for children in Indian River County. Care is provided at the Childcare Resources School and at privately-owned childcare centers. All schools are nationally accredited through NAEYC. Childcare Resources works for educators, too. Local early childhood professionals are able to attend one-day workshops highlighting best practices, pursue higher education opportunities with assistance, work with a coach on a one-on-one basis, and participate in networking and training opportunities.

 

https://www.childcareresourcesir.org/