April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. It’s a time to celebrate the good things our community does to promote healthy child development, as well as a time to reflect on the work that still remains.

We all have a role to play in healthy child development. Our goal this April, and throughout the entire year, is to educate the community on child abuse prevention, how to report suspected abuse, and to increase awareness of the healing services and resources available to victims and their families. Read more about prevention here.

Follow along on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and use the hashtags #CAPMonth, #GreatChildhoods and #PinwheelsForPrevention to get involved and show your support.

With your help, we can maximize our impact.

Pinwheel Gardens

In 2008, Prevent Child Abuse America introduced the pinwheel as the national symbol for child abuse prevention through Pinwheels for Prevention®. People respond to the pinwheel as it symbolizes the carefree spirit of great childhoods. Dee Norton uses them to provide a strong visible presence of our community’s commitment to preventing child abuse and neglect. We encourage local organizations, businesses, schools, individuals and anyone interested to sponsor and/or plant “Pinwheel Gardens.” For questions or to order pinwheels, please contact Adria Shuford at

Community Collaboration

We work with community organizations throughout Mt. Pleasant, Charleston, North Charleston, Daniel Island, and beyond. This year, we’ve teamed up with Darkness to Light (D2L), Prevent Child Abuse America (PCAA), and The Exchange Club of Daniel Island to specifically concentrate efforts in the Daniel Island/Cainhoy areas. More information on this initiative can be found here:

Throughout April, Dee Norton leaders will speak to various civic-minded organizations and businesses in efforts to promote child abuse awareness and education. If your group is interested in hearing from us, please contact Adria Shuford at


  • Fleet Landing/Wear Blue Day! April 6 – Check out our Facebook event page for more information.
  • Mt. Pleasant Press Conference: Monday, April 9 at 10 AM (Town Hall 100 Ann Edwards Lane)
  • Find us at the Mt. Pleasant Farmers Market on Tuesday, April 10.
  • Zumba + Barre Event Benefiting Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center: Friday, April 13 at 5:30 PM.
  • Find us at the Charleston’s Farmers Market on Saturday, April 14.
  • Charleston Press Conference: Thursday, April 19 at 3:30 PM (Colonial Lake 46-54 Ashley Ave)
  • Zumbathon Event Benefiting Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center: Friday, April 20 at 6 PM.



Join us on Friday, April 27 at MUSC Health Stadium (1990 Daniel Island Drive.)

This free, family-friendly event includes a photo booth, face painting, a balloon artist, food trucks (for purchase), information for parents and much more! Doors open at 6:30 p.m. This year’s feature film, The Lion King, begins at 7:30 p.m. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Alcohol not permitted.

If you have any questions, please contact Adria Shuford at Follow our Facebook event page for updates!

Download the movie night flyer and pinwheel coloring sheet here!