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Blue Ribbon “Child Abuse Prevention”

Join us to kick off “National Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month.”

We need your help! Every April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. In Orange County, CA, that means a lot of things. Like rallying the community to help put up blue pinwheel gardens around the county. Advocate for child safety by becoming a Raise Awareness Ambassador (presenter and/or social media connector). And stand right alongside us in our work to strengthen families – by attending our Annual Kick-Off Ceremony that takes place early April each year (see date below for 2017). There you can help us honor the memory of local children who died from child abuse and neglect and hear the latest on what is being done to help prevent and stop the cycle of child abuse and neglect in Orange County. There you will also be able to applaud inspiring Blue Ribbon heroes, view Blue Ribbon art entries from youth, and leave with important information to share with others.

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017 (Add to Calendar)

Bowers Museum
2002 Main Street
Santa Ana, CA 92706

Click here to download event flyer (PDF)

 Kindly RSVP your attendance by March 31st.

Blue Ribbon Award Nominations

In conjunction with Blue Ribbon (Child Abuse Prevention) Month in April, we are encouraging the community to submit nominations for two distinguished awards that honor those who go above and beyond to ensure the wellbeing of children. Recipients will be recognized at the annual Blue Ribbon Kickoff Event. Nominations are due no later than February 24, 2017.

Blue Ribbon Award:  Group or Individual dedicated specifically to the field of child abuse prevention

Shining Light Award:  Group or Individual dedicated to the advocacy of children

Click here to download the nomination form


Art Contest:

Kids tell it best when they show artistically the message, “Keep Me Safe.” This was last year’s theme of the annual Blue Ribbon art contest put on by The Raise Foundation in its role as Orange County’s Child Abuse Prevention Council. We will again accept entries from the K-12 (ages 5-18) and College age categories. Rules will be announced in October, entries are due in February, and the age group winners will be recognized during Child Abuse Prevention month in April – after which the winning art goes on tour throughout Orange County.

We ask that you share this opportunity with any groups you know that serve youth (sports teams, places of worship, schools, FRCs, after school program staff, etc.), and with families that you know personally. If you have nieces, nephews, cousins, or your own children/grandchildren…that’s a great place to begin!

Download Contest Packet:

View Prior Blue Ribbon Campaigns:


About Us:

The 2017 Blue Ribbon Steering Committee is comprised of representatives from the American Academy of Pediatrics, OC Fire Authority, OC Sheriff’s Department, County of Orange Social Services Agency, and The Raise Foundation. A special thank you to Orange County School of the Arts and Bowers Museum for their support as well.
To learn more about month-long Blue Ribbon efforts, or to plan one of your own, please contact us at: www.ocblueribbon.org or call (714) 884-3421, ext. 104.