April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and the Family Tree Center of Billings is holding several events throughout the month to bring awareness about child abuse to the community. 

The press release sent out by the Family Tree Center goes over the events happening in the month. Thursday, April 21 will be the 14th annual Pinwheels for Prevention planting that starts at noon. The pinwheel has become a symbol of what every child deserves, a healthy and memorable childhood. 

Over 300 silver and blue pinwheels will be planted to represent more than 37,000 children in the Billings Community. There will also be an awards ceremony to present the annual Pinwheel award. The Pinwheel award is given to a community group for their contributions to child abuse and neglect prevention. Be sure to wear blue, the color associated with child abuse prevention, to the event!

The Family Tree Center is also hosting an internet safety workshop on April 21. The purpose of the workshop is to protect children on social media and the internet. Childcare will be provided at the workshop event. Call 406-252-9799 to RSVP to the event or email info@familytreebilling.org for more information.

On Monday, April 25, there will be a trauma informed care training exploring the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study. The goal of this training event is to better understand the effects of health and brain development from mental and physical trauma. 

April 28 will be the Bites of Billings event happening all day put on by the Breakfast Exchange Club. This dine-out fundraiser at participating local restaurants gives a portion of the donations earned to the Family Tree Center in support of Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Child Abuse Prevention Month merchandise will also be available for purchase in April. Items to purchase include pinwheels, yard signs, pinwheel lapel pins and polo shirts. Show your support for Child Abuse Prevention Month by wearing blue on the last Monday of April!