April is National Child Abuse Awareness Month!
National Child Abuse Prevention Month recognizes the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse and neglect. During the month of April and throughout the year, communities around the nation are encouraged to increase awareness, and to provide education and support to families. The President, as well as state and local officials, proclaim April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month each year. These proclamations serve to encourage public awareness of child abuse and neglect, recommit resources to the cause, and promote community involvement through local activities. Below is information about some of the activities and events going on in and around Paulding County!
Pinwheels for Prevention® is a national public awareness campaign during Child Abuse Prevention Month (CAP Month) every April, designed by Prevent Child Abuse America to communicate efforts and change the way states think about prevention.
The 1-800-CHILDREN Helpline is an information and referral line for caregivers and professionals looking for supportive programs in their area. Callers can talk to a trained individual who cares and wants to help.
Help us raise awareness through April by decorating
your business and public spaces with BLUE!
Blue is the color associated with child abuse prevention, so add some blue pinwheels or these blue bows and let people know why you're so blue!
As of March 31st, we are postponing taking any further orders for blue ribbon bows. We may take up this effort later on this year, 'cause let's face it...
child abuse prevention isn't limited to one month out of the year!!
If you have already ordered a blue ribbon bow, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss alternatives for getting and displaying it.
WHAT'S WITH THE BLUE RIBBON?
The Blue Ribbon is the national symbol associated with child abuse prevention. It is a campaign that had a small but powerful beginning in Virginia in 1989. Bonnie Finney tied a blue ribbon to the antenna of her van to “make people wonder” – to encourage them to ask her what it was for. The story she told to inquisitive community members was a tragic story about the abuse of her grandchildren which ultimately led to the brutal death of her grandson.
The story of Bonnie Finney demonstrates the effect that just one concerned citizen can have on raising public awareness of child abuse and in promoting prevention. Since Bonnie Finney first tied that blue ribbon to her van antenna in 1989, millions of people across the country have participated in Child Abuse Prevention Month efforts by putting out blue ribbons in/around their homes and businesses, pinning blue ribbons to their clothing, and even tying blue ribbons to their antennas just like Bonnie. Each year, more people join the effort by displaying blue ribbons, encouraging others to wear and display them, and by getting involved in community activities to “make people wonder” about the significance of the Blue Ribbon.
PINWHEEL COLORING CONTEST
This is our 3rd year holding the Pinwheel Coloring Contest for local 4th graders. Students are asked to color their pinwheel coloring sheet and include a message of hope and encouragement for someone who has been hurt. We've collected pinwheels from more than half the elementary schools and have a team of judges reviewing them. Judges will select 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners from each school. Those winners will receive a medal and their artwork framed. Judges will also select a grand prize winner who will be presented a plaque recognizing their contribution to this year's child abuse prevention and awareness efforts!
Note: Due to the contact precautions recommended by local and state officials, and the closure of schools, we will coordinate with school officials to get winners their medals, artwork, and plaque.
Check out our Facebook page to see photos from last year's contest!
We'll be holding a contest on our Facebook page this April to further encourage people to participate in getting the message out. Each Friday in April, we'll post an invitation for followers to comment with their photos of them wearing blue, holding a pinwheel, or some other activity that helps promote child abuse prevention awareness. If you haven't liked our page yet, be sure to click on the Facebook icon at the bottom of this page and like us!
PCAC Staff have already got the ball rolling! Be sure to note what is being asked for each Friday so you can get your picture uploaded and into the drawing for that week's winner.
Prizes will be announced the following week.