April is Blue Ribbon Campaign for Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is recognized around the world as Child Abuse Prevention Month and the blue ribbon is the symbol for child abuse prevention.  Started by a grandmother in 1989 whose simple act of tying a blue ribbon on the antenna of her car after the loss of her grandson from abuse to alert the community around her of the issue of child abuse. Read the full story.

Family Nurturing Center promotes the Blue Ribbon Campaign as a community awareness and education prevention campaign to recognize our collective responsibility to prevent and confront all forms of child abuse and neglect.  Child abuse is entirely preventable, but not without your help.  Here in Greater Cincinnati, there are several opportunities for the community to promote and participate in Child Abuse Prevention Month activities.  Activities planned for April include awareness, prevention, education, and fundraising.

 

Blue Ribbon Ceremonies in Kentucky and Ohio
Family Nurturing Center is honored to have Mike Pistorino join us as our featured speaker at the 2017 Blue Ribbon Ceremony to kick off April as Child Abuse Prevention Month in Northern Kentucky on Friday, March 31st, hosted at Tom Gill Chevrolet. (7830 Commerce Drive, Florence, KY).  

Mike Pistorino is a successful business executive, marathoner, and family man. He is also a thriving adult survivor of child sexual abuse who is using his powerful voice to save children, inspire survivors of abuse to heal, and motivate thousands of people around the world to be champions for change in their lives, their families, and their communities.

Local officials, families, law enforcement, businesses and community agencies will join together to proclaim April as Child Abuse Prevention Month in Northern Kentucky. Following the ceremony, guests are invited to tie blue ribbons along the white picket fence facing the interstate to serve as a visual reminder of child victims of abuse and neglect.  A light buffet reception begins at 11:00 am hosted by Tom Gill Chevrolet with the ceremony beginning at 12:00 pm.

NEW THIS YEAR - OHIO Ceremony:  We will also be holding a Blue Ribbon Ceremony in Blue Ash, OH on Wednesday, March 29th at the BB&T Financial Center (9511 Kenwood Road, Cincinnati).  The lunch time ceremony will be the first Ohio Blue Ribbon Ceremony generously sponsored by BB&T.  Following the ceremony, guests will display blue and silver Pinwheels for Prevention along Kenwood Road to promote awareness of the issue of child abuse and the need for all adults to protect child from abuse.  The public is invited to this free event along with representatives from the city of Blue Ash, Hamilton County, social service agencies and business leaders to join together to promote  Child Abuse Prevention Month and create pinwheel gardens in Blue Ash.

 

Blue Ribbon Pins, Wristbands, and Pinwheels for Prevention

Community members can make a donation to Family Nurturing Center and receive an enamel blue ribbon pin, blue wristband to demonstrate to others your commitment to end the cycle of child abuse. Visit any BB&T location in Northern Kentucky or Cincinnati to make a donation to show your support!

Plant a Pinwheels for Prevention garden in front of your school, place of worship, or business.  Here is a simple coloring sheet for children or you can order pinwheels directly from our friends at Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky. Download a pinwheel order form from PCAK.

Children’s Art Contest - Kentucky and Ohio

Be a HERO for children.

Our annual Children's Art Contest is open to any child in 3rd through 5th grades in both Kentucky and Ohio.  Entries can be made using any medium up to poster size HORIZONTAL using the slogan, Be a HERO for children.  Deadline for submission in either state is March 21st. The winners will be asked to attend one of our Blue Ribbon Ceremony to kick off Child Abuse Prevention Month.  

In Kentucky, the winning entry will be reproduced into an advertisement poster and displayed on TANK buses during the entire month of April.  The winning artist is awarded an 8-week Afterschool Arts Workshop at The Carnegie, and receives a pizza party for their school classroom or youth organization/club.  KENTUCKY Art Contest Packet

In Ohio, the winning entry will be reproduced into a large poster and displayed at the BB&T Branch in Blue Ash.  The winning artists is awarded tickets to a holiday performance by Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati and receives a pizza party for their school classroom or youth organization/club. OHIO Art Contest Packet

 

School Involvement

Promotion could be as simple as asking your students and staff to wear blue ribbons during the month of April, create a Blue Ribbon Tree at your school, share information about our Nurturing Parenting programs with your parents, schedule a Kids on the Block performance (elementary), allow students to sell blue wristbands (available through FNC) giving students the privilege to participate in special themed days/events, share our Nurturing Parents tips calendar with your Parent Teachers Association, or conduct a Coin Challenge between the grades to raise funds to support prevention and treatment programs. For more ideas, download our Blue Ribbon Campaign brochure.

Download our Resource guide for educators and school personnel to learn what every teacher needs to know about child abuse.

Here is another resource for teachers and adults. An Internet Safety Tool Kit, provided by our friends at Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky, that offers great resources for talking with kids about internet safety.

 

Build a Blue Ribbon Tree for Kids

Blue Ribbon Trees are growing all over Greater Cincinnai. We invite every community, school, church, business to take action for children by simply 

“Building a Blue Ribbon Tree”.  Trees should be displayed during the entire month of April indoor or outdoors.  Take a picture of your tree and send to Family Nurturing Center for inclusion in our Tree Registry.

View all of the Blue Ribbon Trees HERE!

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You can also plant a Pinwheels for Prevention garden.  Pinwheels can be ordered from Prevent  Child Abuse Kentucky.

 

#wearblue4kids Day

A simple gesture can make all the difference.  Ask your coworkers to join you for Wear Blue Day on Friday, April 7th to help generate awareness about child abuse and neglect.  Encourage employees wear blue jeans to work for a fee and donate the proceeds to support our programs and services. Share this #wearblue4kids flyer.

Share your Blue Day Selfie in front of your company sign and then email to Tracy Fuchs for inclusion in our Blue Ribbon Registry. Our post it on our FB page and then share with all your social media friends. 

#wearblue4kids #stopchildabuse @family_nurture #committoprevent

 

Video Messages: Celebrity Parenting Tips and the Red Flag Project

Help us to change the outcomes, change the conversation, and change the statistics about child abuse.  Real cultural change cannot happen without the entire community understanding it is an adult's responsibility to protect a child. 

Watch and SHARE our Red Flag 15 second PSA messages.  These are the Red Flags that a parent may miss when a perpetrator is grooming a child for sexual abuse.  

Enjoy our Celebrity Nurturing Parenting tips from local celebrity parents including Bengals Coach Marvin Lewis, Chip Graeter, Mike LaRosa, Thane Maynard, B105's Big Dave, and Good Morning Tri-State's Kathrine Nero to name a few.  

Download our Nurturing Parenting Tip of the Day calendar to share with others and practice daily!

 

Blue Sunday

On April 30, 2017 churches of all faiths are asked to join together in a day of prayer to demonstrate their appreciation to those who help abused or neglected children, and to support children and families who have been touched by abuse.   A church bulletin insert is available for download.  Blue Sunday prayer written by Janet Magee, founder of www.bluesunday.org.  Learn more about faith based initiatives and register your church at www.bluesunday.org

Does your church have a Safe Sanctuaries policy or guidelines to reduce the risk of child abuse?  Do you conduct a reference check and criminal background check on all of your employees and volunteers? Has your church done a proactive self-evaluation to assess policy needs to protect children in the church’s care? Are you VBS staff trained to know the signs and indicators of sexual abuse?  Learn ways to protect children and your congregation by hosting a Stewards of Children workshop at your church.  This is a free workshop and one your church and our children cannot afford to miss.

To read a sample Safe Sanctuaries policy created by the General Conference of the United Methodist Church click here.  Another great resource is Crossroads Church's Kids Club Adult application as an example of questions to ask your volunteers.

Questions about any of our Blue Ribbon Campaign initiatives, should be directed to Tracy Fuchs, Director of Marketing and Special Events 859-538-1630.