Norman garden grows awareness for abused children

A pinwheel garden planted in Andrews Park in Norman is designed to raise awareness of child abuse prevention.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: April 16, 2013
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— Children planted a pinwheel garden and tied blue ribbons around trees Saturday in Andrews Park to raise awareness about prevention of child abuse.

The ribbons will remain on the trees throughout April.

“A Children's Garden: Raising Awareness for Child Abuse Prevention” was sponsored by the city's Children's Rights Commission in conjunction with child abuse treatment agencies.

Mayor Cindy Rosenthal signed a proclamation last week designating Child Abuse Awareness Month. In addition, the mayor has awarded the annual Children's Rights Outstanding Service to Children Award to clinical psychologist Candace McCaffrey.

McCaffrey, a longtime member of the Child Abuse Response Team of Cleveland County, is a board member of the Oklahoma Professional Society on Abused Children, Mary Abbott's Children's House and Bethesda Inc.

McCaffrey has “an inherent desire to bring healing to many young people who have suffered the trauma of being abused,” Rosenthal said. “Her personal mantra is ‘for the good of the children.'”