Blue Ribbon “Child Abuse Prevention”
Keep Kids Safe, Healthy, and Happy
2017 Orange County Child Abuse Prevention Month
“Being a Child Should Not Hurt”
Why The Need?
Child abuse and neglect occur in every city in Orange County. Last year (2016) in Orange County there were:
- 31,162 reports of suspected child abuse and neglect – that’s nearly 800 children less than the previous year.
- 5,295 were substantiated cases (73 less children than the previous year). Substantiated child abuse allegations dropped 42.5% between 2006 and 2015.
- 10 children died from abuse and neglect in 2016. They were remembered at the April 5th countywide official Blue Ribbon Month Kick-Off Ceremony held at Bowers Museum.
Blue Ribbon Month Overview
The Raise Foundation’s Blue Ribbon Task Force invites all who care about the well-being of children to engage in a month-long county-wide “Keep Kids Safe, Healthy, and Happy” campaign raising awareness of child abuse in Orange County and educating the public on prevention efforts. Child Abuse Prevention Month kicks off Sunday, April 2nd, 10 a.m. with the Clinic in the Park Blue Ribbon Family Fun Day at the Great Park in Irvine and the formal Blue Ribbon Kick-Off Ceremony, emceed by Vikki Vargas of NBC4 Southern California, Wednesday, April 5, 9:00 a.m. in the courtyard of Bowers Museum in Santa Ana. The ceremony will include a tribute in memory of the 10 local children who died in 2016 as a result of child abuse and neglect, and recognize several Blue Ribbon heroes. Nearly 40 blue pinwheel gardens will be “planted” throughout the community and a year-long roaming Blue Ribbon youth art exhibit will begin at Kidseum in Santa Ana. Educational presentations will be made at numerous organizations and social service clubs. The month-long campaign will conclude with a Blue Ribbon Family Fun Day at Manzanita Park in Anaheim on April 22nd, the 29th Annual “Pathways to Prevention” Conference on April 27th for professionals to include a parent mini-conference and movie screening of The Raising of America: Early Childhood and The Future of our Nation, and several family bonding carnivals on April 29th.
Blue Ribbon Art Contest
Who better to ask to share what feeling safe, healthy, and happy is all about than youth themselves. “Art is not what you see, but what makes others see,” said French Artist Edgar Degas in the 1800’s. This is also the very thought behind why The Raise Foundation — in its role as Orange County’s designated Child Abuse Prevention Council — holds an annual art contest leading up to National Child Abuse Prevention Month (also known as “Blue Ribbon Month”) that takes place every April. With the help of Kindergarteners through College age students, the community will be reminded of a very important message — that it is our role as individuals and as a community to focus on and help ensure the safety and overall well-being of each child. Instead of focusing on the words “child abuse and neglect,” our Blue Ribbon Task Force has chosen to look at the lighter and brighter side of childhood and as such, chose its 2017 Youth Art Contest theme: “Keep Me Safe, Healthy, and Happy.” Eighty entries were submitted and judged.
2018 Blue Ribbon Contest Form and Entry Rules
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2017 Blue Ribbon Art Contest – 1st Place Winners
Maxwell N., age 9, North Tustin/Santa Ana
Elementary School Category
Charles C., age 13, Tustin
Middle School Category
Shira S. , age 14, Irvine
High School Category
Jacqueline K., age 20, Irvine
Pinwheels for Prevention is a nationwide public awareness campaign that puts a new spin on prevention. The campaign uses community activities and public policies to prioritize prevention right from the start, making sure child abuse and neglect never occur. “Pinwheel gardens” planted in communities across the nation are visual reminders that we all play a role in ensuring happy and healthy childhoods for all children everywhere.
This year, at least 32 Pinwheel Gardens will be “planted” throughout Orange County.
Look for them at the following locations:
- Cornerstone Church
- Newsong Church
- The Rock Church
- Westmont Elementary, HB/Westminster
- Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles
FAMILY RESOURCE CENTERS (FRCs)
- Anaheim Harbor, Anaheim
- Oakview, Huntington Beach
- South OC, Lake Forest
- Family Oasis, Anaheim
- Westminster, Westminster
OC SHERIFF’S DEPT
- Aliso Viejo Station
- Lake Forest Station
- San Clemente Station
- Yorba Linda Station
- HQ Santa Ana
OC FIRE AUTHORITY
- 64-Westminster Station
- 34-Placentia Station
- 21-Tustin Station
- 5-Laguna Niguel Station
- 4-Irvine (UCI) Station
- 38-Ladera Ranch Station
- 17 -Cypress Station
- 71-Santa Ana Station
- BR Family Fun Day, Irvine
- BR Kick-Off Ceremony, Santa Ana
- BR Family Fun Day, Anaheim
COUNTY OF ORANGE SOCIAL SERVICES AGENCY
- 800 N. Eckhoff, Orange
- 5100 Chip Ave, Cypress
- 2330 Moulton Pkwy, Laguna Hills
- Bowers Museum, Santa Ana
- Kidseum, Santa Ana
Key Dates and Events
- Sunday, April 2 – (Family Fun Event)
Clinic in the Park Blue Ribbon Family Fun Day
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
The Great Park, Irvine
(So. OC FRC/Raise Foundation, UCI, Clinic in the Park)
- Wednesday, April 5 – (OC Official Kick-off Event)
Blue Ribbon Month Kick-off Ceremony
9 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
- Saturday, April 22 Blue Ribbon Family Fun Day at Food Distribution
1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Manzanita Park, Anaheim
(with Boys & Girls Club of Anaheim)
- Thursday, April 27 (Blue Ribbon Month Finale)
CAPC “Pathways to Prevention” Conference
UCI Student Center
Parent Mini Conference
Click here to download the 30 Days – 30 Ways Blue Ribbon Calendar
Blue Ribbon Task Force
Each year the campaign is a collaborative effort with agencies and organizations possessing expertise in a variety of areas such as water safety, car safety, the foster care system, child protection, and the treatment of child abuse. The group works on the campaign for 9 months leading up to April and also briefs Raise Awareness Ambassadors on the key issues to share throughout the campaign.
The 2017 Blue Ribbon Task Force is comprised of representatives from the American Academy of Pediatrics, Orange County Fire Authority, Orange County Sheriff’s Department, Families and Communities Together (FaCT), County of Orange Social Services Agency as well as its Faith in Motion, Orange County Department of Education, and led by The Raise Foundation.Blue Ribbon Task Force Members
American Academy of Pediatrics Orange CountyOur pediatricians are the experts our community turns to when it comes to addressing urgent health issues, and are the voice for the child in government policy and legal issues at the local and state levels. AAP-OC Chapter provides education, training, and resources to improve the health and well-being of our children and families.
Working together on April’s Blue Ribbon Event, gives us both the ability to renew our commitment to identify children and families who are at-risk, and to intervene, prevent and provide resources and support so that ALL children can feel safe and protected and grow-up with the best chances of enjoying a happy & healthful life.Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA)The Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) has been a longtime supporter of the mission of The Raise Foundation. Our shared vision to create a safe community for children to grow and thrive results in several collaborations and serving on one another’s committees such as the Blue Ribbon Child Abuse Prevention Month Task Force and the Drowning Prevention Task Force. Their work is to prevent and stop the cycle of child abuse and neglect, and our mission is to enhance public safety and meet the evolving needs of our communities through education, prevention, and emergency response. Since one of the main focuses, among several during this year’s Blue Ribbon Month efforts is on spotlighting the great need for foster families, we are further compelled to be actively involved in Blue Ribbon Month. Often, children who pass through the foster or group home systems are at an increased risk of behavioral and learning factors. Our children’s and young adult educational programs focus on areas such as drowning prevention, home safety, and counseling of those who have been involved in a fire setting event. The OCFA believes that a happy, healthy childhood begins with safety and education, and our goal is to educate both children and parents, providing both with steps they can take to prevent tragedies from occurring.Families and Communities Together (FaCT)For over 20 years FaCT’s mission has been to identify and promote best practices, train, fund, and advocate for Family Resource Centers (FRCs) to be Orange County’s community-based platform for prevention activities and family support services. FaCT has always committed to partner with Orange County’s Child Abuse Prevention Council, namely The Raise Foundation, in striving towards our shared vision of ensuring that each child is raised in a stable, nurturing family and a safe, supportive community. As a county, we are committed to having a unified approach with our community partners to strengthen prevention efforts that have a tremendous impact in the lives of children and families. The welfare of children and family stability are affected by a multitude of factors that no one agency can face on their own. This makes partnerships like the Raise Foundation’s Blue Ribbon Task Force not only important but crucial to our children’s future. We are honored to continue to work alongside the Raise Foundation to raise awareness of child abuse and prevention efforts in Orange County for Blue Ribbon Month 2017.County of Orange Social Services AgencyThe County of Orange Social Services Agency (SSA) administers Federal, State, and County social services programs that protect children and adults from abuse or neglect; enable the frail and disabled to remain in their homes rather than being institutionalized; move eligible families from dependency to self-sufficiency; and, provide benefits for eligible recipients. SSA assists one-in-four Orange County residents, from newborns to the elderly. The services SSA provides impact the health, safety, and well-being of children, adults with disabilities, seniors, and families. SSA works with children, adults, and families to support their efforts for achieving self-sufficiency.
The Children and Family Services Division of SSA protects children through prevention and intervention services to remedy conditions which may result in abuse or neglect. It promotes maintaining family relationships to enable children to remain in or return to their homes while ensuring that their safety and well-being are maintained along with permanent relational and living connections.Orange County Sheriff’s DepartmentThe Orange County Sheriff-Coroner Department is a large, multi-faceted law enforcement agency served by approximately 3,800 sworn and professional staff members and over 800 reserve personnel. Stay Safe OC is a partnership between the Orange County Sheriff’s Department and the communities we serve in an effort to reduce crime and keep OC safe.Orange County Department of EducationThe Orange County Department of Education (OCDE) is a public education organization offering support services to 27 school districts and more than 600 schools and 20,000 educators serving over 500,000 students in Orange County. OCDE’s personnel offer support, professional development, and student programs through its divisions and departments: Administrative Services, Alternative Education, Business Services, Career and Technical Education, Information Technology, Instructional Services, Legal Services, Community and Student Support Services, and Special Education.The Raise FoundationThe Raise Foundation is dedicated to preventing and stopping the cycle of child abuse and neglect through education, advocacy, community collaboration, and comprehensive services for families and children. The nonprofit has helpful staff in 7 of the 15 Family Resource Centers (FRCs) and provides a unique mobile FRC “Resources In Motion” (RIM) that goes into highly underserved neighborhoods to help at-risk families. The organization also hosts a Prevention & Treatment Conference each spring for professionals who work with children and a parent mini-conference. With the help of the community, the organization coordinates countywide awareness campaigns such as Kaitlyn’s Law and Blue Ribbon “Child Abuse Prevention” Month.
- Clinic in the Park Flyer
- Kick-off Invite
- Kick-off Program
- Proclamations – Tustin, Irvine, Orange County
- Poster – Blue Ribbon Pledge
- Lawn Sign – Story of Blue Ribbon
- Lawn Sign – No Excuse for Child Abuse
- Keep Me Safe Lawn Sign
- Conference Save-the-Date
- Parent Conference Save-the-Date
- FaCT Conference Invite
- FaCT Family Resource Center Flyer
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Orange County’s Blue Ribbon (Child Abuse Awareness) Month is organized by the Orange County Blue Ribbon Task Force spearheaded by The Raise Foundation, Orange County’s Child Abuse Prevention Council. Representatives from The Raise Foundation, Orange County Fire Authority, The Orange County Sheriff Department, County of Orange Social Services Agency, Families and Communities Together (FaCT), and the American Academy of Pediatrics – Orange County. Share your pledge to join Orange County’s effort to protect our children.
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Preventing child abuse and negelect requires the support of families and communities. The initiatives below are just some of the ways you can pledge your support to keep Orange County’s children safe.
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I Pledge To:
Foster Children With Love
Learn How to Become a Resource Family and Help OC’s Foster Children
Be a Chosen Child Checker
Never Leave a Child in a Car Unattended
Be a Water Watcher
Scan the Water to Ensure the Safety of Children
Reach Our For Help
Raising Children Can Be Hard. Find Support When Needed.
Make Sure to Give Children Your Full Attention
Become a Raise Ambassador and Help Us Prevent Child Abuse
When You Suspect Child Abuse, Report It. Call 1- 800-207-4464.
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Word Count Limited Text (best use for Twitter and other mediums that have limits on word count):
- April is child abuse awareness month! What are you doing to #keepkidssafe? @raisefoundation
- Raising children can be hard. Find resources at ocblueribbon.org! #keepkidssafe #blueribbon #OCblueribbon
- It shouldn’t hurt to be a child! Learn more about #ocblueribbon at ocblueribbon.org. #keepkidssafe
- There’s no excuse for child abuse! #CommittoPrevention and learn more about #OCBlueRibbon at ocblueribbon.org #keepkidssafe
- Show your support for Orange County’s children at ocblueribbon.org! #keepkidssafe @raisefoundation
- Foster children with love! Learn how to become a Resource Family at ocblueribbon.org #keepkidssafe
- Speak up! Report abuse when you suspect abuse call 1-800-207-4464. #childabuseprevention #keepkidssafe #ocblueribbon @raisefoundation
- Be a water watcher and prevent accidental drownings! #keepkidssafe @raisefoundation
- Be a chosen child checker! No child should be left in a car unattended. #keepkidssafe #ocblueribbon @raisefoundation
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- April is child abuse awareness month! Learn how you can keep Orange County’s kids safe at ocblueribbon.org
- There’s no excuse for child abuse! Find resources at ocblueribbon.org
- There are so many ways we can help Orange County’s children! I found great information and resources at ocblueribbon.org.
- There are over 30,000 child abuse reports in Orange County every year. Protect our children and protect our future by joining the effort to protect Orange County’s children. Visit ocblueribbon.org.
- Child abuse effects our families and our communities. Join me in protecting Orange County’s kids at ocblueribbon.org.
- Orange County’s foster children need our help! Foster children with love and learn about becoming a resource family at ocblueribbon.org.
- Designate a water watcher to supervise children while they swim! Drowning is the leading cause of accidental death. Learn more at ocblueribbon.org.
- Stand up for children by speaking up when you suspect abuse! Call 1-800-207-4464 to report.
- Be a chosen child checker! No child should be left in a car unattended.
- Raising children can be hard. Find resources at ocblueribbon.org.