Pinwheel garden at DuPage County complex calls attention to Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and to bring attention to this cause the Exchange Club of Wheaton, Prevent Child Abuse Illinois, and the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office are joining together for the second time to build a “Pinwheel Garden” near the DuPage County Building on the northeast corner of Manchester and County Farm roads, beginning April 6. It will stay in place until the end of April.

Pinwheels are the symbol of a happy, healthy, and safe childhood and are a reminder that we all play a role in children’s lives. The pinwheel has been used by Prevent Child Abuse America since 2008 to draw attention to the issue of child abuse and the solution of effective prevention.

In 2023, Illinois Department of Children and Family Services received 231,527 hotline calls, over 14,883 more calls than in 2022.

Evidence shows that children’s early experiences impact them throughout life — positively and negatively. Kids raised in safe, stable, and nurturing relationships and environments are more likely to enjoy good physical and mental health and succeed academically and socially.

Children who grow up happy and healthy also go on to contribute to economic prosperity for everyone. Child abuse and neglect prevention is possible. We all have an effect on the lives of children. Pinwheels are a reminder that we all play a role in children’s lives.

About the Exchange Club of Wheaton:

Exchange, America’s premier service club is working to make our communities better places to live. The Exchange Club of Wheaton was chartered in June of 2022 and is dedicated to the elimination of child abuse and domestic violence, through community service, Americanism, and youth programs.

Prevent Child Abuse Illinois:

The mission of Prevent Child Abuse Illinois is to prevent child abuse by providing statewide leadership through education, support for community initiatives, and advocacy. For more information, visit

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