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The mission of Polk County Department of Social Services is to assist families and individuals by helping them maintain and / or enhance their quality of life and to prevent abuse, neglect and exploitation of vulnerable people in the community as we administer services and public assistance programs in a timely, effective and professional manner.

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 April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

Join thousands of communities throughout North Carolina and the nation in recognizing Child Abuse Prevention Month with a Pinwheel Garden.  The pinwheel is the national symbol of child abuse prevention.  Displaying a Pinwheel Garden is a sign of your commitment to child abuse prevention in our Polk County community.


While the pinwheel creates a memorable and compelling visual, it is the story behind the pinwheel that has the biggest effect.  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.


Research shows that adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) like child abuse and neglect result in toxic stress that damages children’s developing brain architecture. Supportive, nurturing relationships with caregivers, however, build strong brain architecture and are essential for healthy growth and development. 


Local businesses and individuals can join the cause by ordering pinwheels for their own displays during April. Pinwheels are 12" in height, made from plastic and Mylar are 100% recyclable and come in cases of 48 or in a smaller kit for those who want to make a statement at home! The Pinwheel Home Kit includes 24 pinwheels and a 14" x 14" yard sign and stake for you to display as a sign of your commitment to child abuse prevention at your home or apartment. Some organizations have chosen to create pinwheel gardens, while others distribute the pinwheels to customers and friends.

To order pinwheels and to help support prevention efforts in Polk County, contact Be A Voice 4 Kids (828-817-4267) OR email  Deadline for ordering Pinwheels through Be A Voice 4 Kids is March 22, 2017.


Prices =

  • Case of 48 Pinwheels = $45.00
  • Home Kit 24 Pinwheels & Yard Sign = $35.00
  • Chop sticks = $5.00
  • Yard Sign = $7.00


Making sure children grow up in safe, stable, nurturing homes and communities is essential to the future prosperity of our community!


About Pinwheels for Prevention®

Pinwheels for Prevention® is a national campaign to create awareness of the role all adults play in the healthy development and growth of our nation’s children. The pinwheel symbolizes the childlike notions of a carefree, happy, healthy childhood, and serves as a reminder of the great childhoods we want for all children. For more information about Pinwheels for Prevention® in North Carolina visit or call 919-829-8009.

Click here for 5 Protective Factors of Child abuse Prevention

Every child deserves to wake up to a loving family, play in a safe community,
and fall asleep with a smile as they dream about the wonders of tomorrow.

(Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina)




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