Child Abuse Prevention

The Orange County Office on Youth are strong supporters of Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention efforts in Orange County. It is important to share information and make the community aware of this ongoing issue. The more we know, the better the chances are that we can help our youth so that they can have the best future possible.

Virginia/Orange County Statistics:

Fiscal Year 2022 (07/01/21 - 06/30/22)

Number of CasesOrange CountyState of Virginia
Reports/Referrals of Abuse68835,917
Family Assessment31739,804
Type of Abuse Reports Accepted:
Medical Neglect21,507
Mental Abuse/Neglect215,686
Physical Abuse10416,360
Physical Neglect22237,275
Sexual Abuse253,667

Ages of Virginia Children in Accepted Reports:

Fiscal Year 2022 (07/01/21 - 06/30/22)

AgeFounded CasesUnfounded CasesFamily AssessmentTotal
Under 2 years old5755893,3294,493
2-3 years old9661,3736,3608,699
4-11 years old1,9093,44818,30123,658
12-17 years old1,3032,60311,70215,608

Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and Orange County’s Office on Youth and Department of Social Services are again partnering to help raise awareness of the role we can all play in ensuring great childhoods for all children.  There are two ways to show your support - Pinwheel Gardens and Wear Blue Day!

PINWHEELS FOR PREVENTIONOrange Child Abuse Prevention Graphic

The planting of pinwheel “gardens” by organizations, schools and businesses throughout Virginia. The pinwheel is the shared symbol for child abuse prevention and reflects childhood hope, health, and happiness. The Orange County Department of Social Services and Office on Youth will be asking businesses and citizens to purchase and plant pinwheel gardens to be placed in highly visible areas of Orange County. These gardens are available for $25, and each participating organization, business, or individual will receive a 5X5 garden consisting of 25 pinwheels and a sign that provides the Virginia Child Abuse Hotline. Please print and send in the order form below to reserve your Pinwheel Garden today. Sales end March 10th, 2023

Pinwheel Garden Order Form - payments can be made by cash, check, or credit (credit card information is listed on the order form)


Blue is the official color of child abuse and neglect prevention and on April 1st, 2023, friends and advocates across Virginia will wear blue to represent their support of child abuse prevention month. Challenge your friends to wear blue and take a picture to share on your social media page and tag the Office on Youth. More details will come as the day gets closer!

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