A ceremony to promote awareness of child abuse is planned next week in Franklin.
The Johnson County Department of Child Services is taking part in National Child Abuse Prevention Month by placing pinwheels on the front lawn of its office. The pinwheels represent the importance of providing children with safe homes and reporting incidents of abuse and neglect, according to a news release.
When a case is opened by the department of child services, those children have often already been a victim of abuse, department of child services director for Johnson County Traci Eggleston said in the release. The county office currently has 121 local children involved in cases, the release said.
“We need all eyes and ears in the community reporting child abuse and neglect, but equally important, we need everyone — from families and extended families to neighbors and friends — working together to prevent child abuse,” Eggleston said in the release.
A ceremony will begin at the department office, 1784 E. Jefferson St., at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. Two adults who were wards of the state will speak, along with Court Appointed Special Advocates who work on behalf of children in the court system, department workers and representatives from Prevent Child Abuse Johnson County.
The Franklin parks department will plant a tree in Temple Park as a tribute to child abuse prevention. The public is invited to attend.