April, the nation unites to raise awareness and educate
the public about child abuse prevention.
1982, President Ronald Reagan declared by Presidential
Proclamation that April is National Child Abuse Prevention
Month. Since that time, child abuse awareness activities
have been promoted every April throughout America by millions
of people throughout the USA.
Blue Ribbon Campaign has gained national momentum. Love Our Children USA wants you to GET BLUE ... ALL YEAR ROUND!
Play a role in the awareness
of violence and neglect against children. Demonstrate your concern and commitment and GET BLUE!
Wear your Blue Ribbon pin and bracelet and
others will want to GET BLUE with you. Itís a powerful
way to rally everyone in your community to support public
awareness for violence prevention programs that help parents
Our Children USA offers you the opportunity to join this
national movement in your very own community. You can
be the voices for children working to remind everyone
about the importance of how we can
share in breaking the cycle of violence and neglect against children.
Abuse Prevention Month activities every April are one way everyone
in your community can play a role in violence prevention.
It's a way to rally everyone in your community to support
programs that help protect children.
the month of April, let our Nation's voices for children
reaffirm our commitment to protect our children. Organize
or join a community group that offers information or assistance
to parents and families. Speak out against child abuse
and neglect. By changing social behaviors and attitudes
for the way we live today, and generating positive change,
millions of children can be saved, allowing them to grow
up healthy, loved, safe and nurtured.
Our Children USA invites you to challenge people to display
a blue ribbon in every business, every church and synagogue,
every school, every hospital, and in every home... challenge
kids and adults to wear their blue ribbons proudly. Please
involve your neighborhood and community... ask everyone
to respond to this national challenge. Learn about the violence and neglect against children and encourage your friends to do the same.
Please join the nation in breaking the cycle.
year over 3 million children are harmed and neglected, and those are ONLY the ones that are reported
each year almost 1.8 million children are reported
missing many of them abducted from their own homes
and front yards. Every day more than 3
children in our country die from violence and neglect.
so many cases of child violence and neglect go unreported, it is estimated
that the actual number of child victims is 3 times greater. Children in the USA are
more apt to die from violence and neglect than from accidents.
Violence against children comes in the forms of: physical violence, neglect,
sexual abuse, emotional and verbal abuse, abandonment, and
death. Love Our Children USA is committed to raising
awareness, educating the public. We are committed to breaking the cycle!
order to make a bigger impact it is essential that communities
all over the country get involved.
take a few moments this month to remind children you know
Violence affects all of us whether we are directly involved
· It is our duty and the law to report it
· No one ever deserves to be abused.
· Children are never to blame for the abuse and violence
that are inflicted upon them.
· Children should always telling a trusted adult
about the abuse
Order your Blue Ribbon Pin Order your Break The Cycle Bracelet
Order online or call 1.888.347.KIDS
can also make your pay by check to receive your Blue Ribbon and Break The Cycle Bracelet. Please make
your checks payable to Love Our Children USA and
Mailing Address - Love Our Children USA, 220 East 57th
Street, 9th Floor, Suite G, New York, NY 10022-2820.
We'll send your Blue Ribbon pin and Break The Cycle Blue Awareness Band immediately so you can
GET BLUE and raise awareness for America's kids!
every blue ribbon that is worn across the country ... is
another child in America who has bruises, who cries, who
hurts, who is afraid, and sadly - who may be dead. ALL children
so desperately need and want is love, safety, and nurturing!
Violence and neglect against children is everyoneís problem!
Letís create beautiful
dreams for our kids... instead of shattering them!
Individuals Can Do To Help Build The Bridge From Prevention
Awareness To Action In Your Community:
is up to us to build strong communities where families
and children live. It is in these communities that children
are safest from abuse and neglect. Here are some things
you can do as a concerned individual:
Call or write your candidates and elected officials to
educate them about issues in your community and the need
for child abuse prevention, intervention, and treatment
Encourage your local school district and faith community
to sponsor classes and support programs for new parents.
Reach Out To Kids And Parents In Your Community.
Supporting kids and parents in your family and in your
community helps to reduce the likelihood of violence
and neglect against children. Be a good neighbor. Offer to baby-sit. Donate
your children's used clothing, furniture, and toys for
use by another family. Be kind and supportive, particularly
to new parents and children.
Remember The Risk Factors
Violence and neglect against children occur in all segments of our society,
but the risk factors are greater in families where parents:
- Abuse alcohol or drugs
- Are isolated from their families or communities
- Have difficulty controlling their anger or stress
- Appear uninterested in the care, nourishment, or safety
- Seem to be having serious economic, housing, or personal problems
Recognize Some Of The Warning Signs That A Child Might
Be Harmed Or Neglected:
- Nervousness around adults
- Aggression toward adults or other children
- Inability to stay awake or to concentrate for extended
- Sudden, dramatic changes in personality or activities
- Acting out sexually or showing interest in sex that
appropriate for his or her age
- Frequent or unexplained bruises or injuries
- Low self-esteem
- Poor hygiene
Report Suspected Child Violence Or Neglect
If you even suspect abuse or neglect report itand
keep reporting ituntil something is done. Contact
child protective services (in your local phone book) or
your local police department.
Other Ways You Can Help
a support network by getting involved in your
- Develop friendly relationships with your neighbors
and their children.
- Problems often seem less overwhelming when you
have support nearby.
- Get involved in your child's school. Join the
association and attend school events.
- Talk to your friends and neighbors about taking action to break the cycle of violence and neglect against children.
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