Pinwheels in Yoctangee Park represent the slightly decreased number of abuse cases reported.
Ross Children Services and Child Abuse Prevention Center joined forces again this year to demonstrate the number of child abuse cases investigated each year in the county by placing 821 pinwheens in Yoctangee Park to represent each case.
Helen Lehman, of Childrens Services, said they placed fewer pinwheels in the park entrance this year because they have seen a slight dip in cases reported. "Another area that's helping us is the alternative response that we have going at Children's Services because we're getting the front end of cases versus the back end whenever things are out of hand."
One down aspect, though, is they are seeing more severe cases of child abuse when reported, according to Lehman. In addition, she said most reported cases (95%) are linked to substance abuse.