Our 26th Blue Bow Campaign Anniversary at Children’s Home & Aid
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time to recognize that we each can play a part in promoting the social and emotional well-being of children and families in our communities.
Every year, Children’s Home & Aid partners with social and community service organizations across Illinois to host dozens of events to raise awareness of child abuse and prevention.
HOW CAN I MAKE A DIFFERENCE?
Wear a blue ribbon, host a blue jeans day, become a volunteer… Download our “Get Involved” flyer below to find out all the ways individuals and organizations can contribute to the Blue Bow Campaign or contact Earl Kloppmann at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please contact Lori Neumann at email@example.com to receive a blue ribbon you can wear to show your support.
There are dozens of ways you can help spread awareness during the month of April and beyond. Please see below for useful resources to help you start your own local movement.
- Blue Bow Information Packet: A helpful how-to guide to getting your own Blue Bow activities started
- Parenting Tips
- Get Involved Flyer: A hand-out highlighting how individuals and organizations can get involved
- Press Release Template: If you are looking to host a local Blue Bow event, please use this to alert media
- County Proclamation Template
- Blue Bow Coloring Page
- History of the Blue Bow Campaign (en Español)
- Blue Bow Sunday brochure
- Prevention Resource Guides and Tip Sheets
- PCA IL 2020 Resource Packet
STATEWIDE BLUE BOW EVENTS
Due to the public health situation with the COVID-19 virus, and in compliance with state and local recommendations, we are cancelling all public events through June 30, 2020. The children and families we serve still need you! Click here to learn how you can help.
Our work continues to promote awareness of child abuse prevention and we are always looking for new, innovative ways to share the importance of this issue on social media and online. This year we will double our social media efforts, and we are encourage everyone to follow, reshare, and tag us in your own Blue Bow posts throughout April! We look forward to seeing you next year at the Blue Bow events!
ABOUT THE CHICAGO BLUE BOW CAMPAIGN
Since 1989, the national Blue Bow Campaign has existed to raise awareness of child abuse and prevention. The Illinois Blue Bow Committee, run by Children’s Home & Aid and a partnership of social and community service organizations, has annually hosted dozens of events throughout the month of April—the nation’s Child Abuse Prevention Month. The purpose of these events is to bring attention to the pervasiveness of child abuse in Illinois and to educate the public about resources available in our communities to help parents and children prevent abuse. Last year in Illinois (FY18), 34,594 children were confirmed abused or neglected and 5,654 children were taken into protective custody in Illinois. These cases occurred in 19,980 families. For more information on how prevention can help or to join a parent support group, please visit our Parent’s Care & Share page.
TAKE THE PARENT’S SURVEY
Help us better understand the needs of parents and caregivers in Illinois by completing a brief, anonymous survey at surveymonkey.com/r/sixqualities.