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Planting Pinwheels in Honor of Child Abuse Prevention Month

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The Family Tree Center planted pinwheels in the Yellowstone County Courthouse Lawn, to recognize April as Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Stacy Dreessen is The Family Tree Center's Executive Director and says she hopes this event will bring the prevention of child abuse to the forefront of everyone's mind.

The facts are startling when you talk about child abuse.

According to Prevent Child Abuse America, $33 billion dollars are used each year to directly combat child abuse. That money goes toward acute medical treatment, the mental health care system, child welfare system, and money needed for law enforcement.

Even more startling, the annual direct and indirect cost of child abuse and neglect in the U.S. total over $80 billion dollars.

The keynote speaker at today's Pinwheels for Prevention was Corbit Harrington, Senior Deputy County Attorney for Yellowstone County. He says that all people have a responsibility to report suspected child abuse and neglect.

Click here to see all the events The Family Tree Center has in store for the month of April.