ALEXANDER COUNTY (April 7, 2021) – The Alexander County Department of Social Services (DSS) kicked off Child Abuse Prevention Month in April by planting a pinwheel garden in front of the DSS building.
Staff members placed decorative pinwheels, flowers, and butterflies to symbolize efforts to prevent child abuse and neglect. April was designated as Child Abuse Prevention month in 1979. Since then, the annual month of recognition has grown with numerous activities across the United States.
Linda Clements, Assistant Director of Social Services, thanked staff members for their participation in the event and for the part each of them plays in creating better lives for the children of Alexander County.
In 2020, Alexander Child Protective Services responded to an average of just over 30 reports per month of abuse or neglect (down from an average of 40 per month in 2019). There are currently more than 60 children in foster care in Alexander County, up from an average in the low to mid-50s in the previous few years.
For more information about Alexander County Department of Social Services, visit www.alexandercountync.gov/dss or call (828) 632-1080.