On April 13, 2018 Madison County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for children) hosted it’s Prevent Child Abuse event on the front lawn of the courthouse in downtown Richmond, KY. The annual event is held to bring attention to child abuse in the local community. As a symbol of those affected, attendees installed 509 blue pinwheels on the lawn, representing the 509 children currently in the Madison county CASA system.
The event included multiple local agencies, including the Boy Scouts of America, Madison County Girl Scouts, Telford YMCA, Hope’s Wings, Early Childhood Council, Apollo Pizza, Pregnancy Help Center, Buffalo Wild Wings, ABC Daycare, EKU’s Social Work Dept., Richmond Fire Dept., Raising Canes, and many others.
Free food and refreshments were served and there were games and activities for kids as well as fire truck tours by the Richmond Fire Dept. Agencies had booths set up and were distributing information about locally available programs. The theme of the event was celebrate the children, and learn to identify, report, and reduce child abuse in our communities. The event was a success with a large turnout and perfect weather.