BONIFAY - Blue pinwheels are twirling in front of the Holmes County Sheriff’s Office this month as HCSO joins other agencies and organizations across the nation in recognizing National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Recognized as the national symbol for child abuse prevention, the blue pinwheel represents childhood innocence and serve as a reminder that everyone can help prevent child abuse.

“While it is always important that we all do our part to help prevent child abuse and neglect, the month of April is set aside to help raise awareness and renew efforts to promote the safe and nurturing environment every child deserves,” said Holmes County Sheriff John Tate. “Each of us has the ability to help children and families in our community.”

In 2016, the latest data available, there were 29 reported cases of child abuse in Holmes County within the 5-11 age group.

That number was more than double the previous year’s total of 14 in the same age group, according to the Florida Department of Children and Families.

There are several ways to make a difference, from volunteering time, money, or talent to a local child-serving organization to simply mentoring a new parent or offering to babysit for an overburdened family.

For more information on child abuse prevention, or to learn more about what you can do to help, visit Prevent Child Abuse Florida at